Art by the Visually Impaired

November 29, 2009

Charles Blackwell a featured artist in this year’s “Insights” exhibition in San Francisco, and his work “Abstract Bassist.”

Pete Eckert and his 2007 photograph “Night Dream.”

For more photos, a multimedia show and the complete NY Times article, go to


Treatment for Night Blindness

November 24, 2009

Just as Macular Degeneration is treated by the AREDS nutritional aids, Night Blindness can also be treated by nutrition. The following vitamins and minerals have been found helpful.

Vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, copper, taurine, schisandra berry, black currant, ginkgo biloba, glycine, alpha lipoic acid, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin.

This combination is available as Vision Essentials, made by

Forward Nutrition

Box 1841

Arden, NC 28704

1 – 800 – 722 – 8008

Fluid-Filled Adjustable Eyeglasses

November 21, 2009

Here are two sources for fluid-filled adjustable eyeglasses.

The first is TruFocals and they cost $895.

The Second is the Centre for Vision in the Developing World and they cost $19 presently, but they are aiming for a cost of under $2.

The difference must be in the styling, not the function. Click on “Fluid-Filled”


Low Cost CCTV – $40

November 19, 2009

Amazingly low-cost Vision Booster Magnifier from Maxi-Aids for only $40

The Vision Booster Magnifier easily connects to any computer monitor and allows you to view text and pictures magnified up to 24x on the screen. It’s a handy, yet inexpensive device that makes it easier for those with low vision to view maps, recipe cards, crossword puzzles, medicine bottles, pictures, newspapers, books and magazines.

Simply plug the Vision Booster into the USB port of your existing computer (requires USB 2.0 and XP or Vista) and place the mouse-shaped device on top of the print or image you want to view. It will magnify 12-point type to 1” high on a 17” monitor. The zoom function makes it up to 3” high. (NOTE: Monitor not included.)Weighs only 7 ounces. Color: Silver.

Cooking without Looking

November 17, 2009

“Cooking without Looking” is a TV cooking show for the visually impaired.

“‘Cooking Without Looking’ empowers the visually impaired to stay active in the kitchen,” says David Wu, CEO of Ai Squared. “And what better way to compliment the show than with ZoomText, our screen magnification and reading software that reduces eye strain and enables people to see their PC more clearly.”

In Southern Florida, “Cooking Without Looking” airs on WXEL-TV42 (Vero Beach through Miami) to 1.7 million viewers. “This is a very exciting time for all of us at ‘Cooking Without Looking,'” says Ren’ee Rentmeester, creator and executive producer of the show. “We’re very grateful to our sponsors and supporters who have come together to make sure that the show continues to get the message of hope and understanding to millions of people with blindness, vision impairments, and low vision, as well as their sighted family and friends.”

Here are 6 episodes available now on YouTube.

Magnabrite Light Gathering Magnifier

November 16, 2009

The pre-focused Magnabrite® glides effortlessly over most any surface and provides 4X magnification to relieve eyestrain. You will never again be forced to squint while reading fine print in books, newspapers or on medicine bottles. Magnabrite® also resists scratching with it’s concave base; reducing the risk of damaging the lens.

The original Magnabrite® Light Gathering Magnifier is made of solid optical grade acrylic that intensifies the light that passes through. Unlike other magnifiers, Magnabrite® doesn’t require batteries or bulbs for precision performance and there is no frame to get in the way for easier viewing.

 2 inch $12.95  to 4.5 inch $140



Correcting Macular Degeneration with Contact Lenses … Maybe

November 16, 2009

It appears that vision impairment resulting from only dry macular degeneration can be corrected with the help of contact lenses. In dry macular degeneration, loss of central vision takes place following the thinning out of vascular tissues inside the eye. It is followed by the build-up of a pigment at the periphery of the eye and a combined effect of the two is gradual loss of central vision.

Treating dry macular degeneration would involve one simple step- the use of vision correction contact lenses. However, you have to ensure that you use contact lenses only when your eyes are perfectly free of the yellow deposit (degenerated tissue) that gets accumulated inside your eye.

You need to approach your eye doctor to get contact lenses to treat dry macular degeneration as these contact lenses are not available off-the-shelf. Since there is a lot of research and development required to make a perfectly fitting contact lens for this particular purpose, contact lens manufacturers initiate production only when an order is placed with them.

Eye doctors have also seen that people with dry eyes are more compatible in using contact lens which have lower water content.

These theories have been considered incorrect by many, as well as somewhat controversial, since the exact opposite has also been claimed by a few researchers.

A few practitioners have also claimed the lens tends to suit people better, especially for those with dry eyes, as it thickens over time.

It is also widely theorized that dry eyes and dry macular are also related to each other, though dry macular degeneration is a phenomenon that largely plagues the older age group of Caucasians over other races.

A known cure for having dry eyes is lachrymal or punctual occlusion through which you stop the tears from draining in our eyes to enable us to retain the moisture that occurs naturally in our eyes.