AMD Home Monitoring System

September 23, 2011

The ForeseeHome AMD Monitoring Program.

Introducing a remarkable new concept for patients at risk of vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD): theForeseeHome AMD Monitoring Program.

The first FDA cleared, teleconnected, home-based system provides frequent monitoring of AMD between eye exams, resulting in earlier detection of important visual changes.

Early detection and treatment provide the best chance of protecting your vision from the devastating effects of age-related wet macular degeneration.

The ForeseeHome AMD Monitoring Program is the most convenient and reliable home monitoring solution at an affordable price.


Barcode Scanner

September 11, 2011

This post is from Gail Johnson.

This isn’t for sale yet from what I can tell.  It’s a bluetooth and barcode scanner device.  You wear the finger scanner and run it over a barcode.  It finds information about it and tells you about the item in the earpiece.

The Reading Finger


Finger Reader is a fine example of how visually impaired can be more independent in places like a grocery store or shops. The reader is a combination of a finger device and Bluetooth Headset, where the finger-pointer scans products for barcodes and relays the product information to earpiece as audio instructions. Info like product description, price, ingredients, nutrition etc. is easily accessible. I think it will be a good aid!


Big Cursor for Touch Screens

September 11, 2011

This post is from Gail Johnson.

This is a big pointer or cursor to use on any touchscreen device like your iPad.  It’s magnetic so it will stick to your smartcover or whatever they call that.

It helps keep your Touch Screen clean.!prettyPhoto/0/

NC threatens to close Gov Morehead School for the Blind

September 11, 2011

This post is by Lauren Tappan.

 The North Carolina Federation for the blind NFB convention happened this weekend. One of many issues that was discussed was the potential closing of the Governor Morehead school in Raleigh. There will be a public hearing on this question at the Governor Morehead school on September 28th. North Carolina has two residential schools for the deaf and one school for the blind. The two schools for the deaf are in Morganton and Wilson, NC. The Governor Morehead school opened in 1845 and is the first residential school for the blind. During this time period, they had two separate schools, a black school and a white school. Eventually these schools were desegregated. Governor Morehead school has a museum on the property that can give you more details on the history of this residential school for the blind.
    At this point the legislature has made a decision that one of the three residential schools will be closed as of June 2012. The position of NFB is that it is extremely important to maintain a residential program for blind students at Governor Morehead school. One of the issues is that several North Carolina counties are not able to mainstream their blind students and therefore have to send them to a residential program.
If you would like to have more information about this issue, contact Gary Ray in Asheville, NC at 828-505-0299 or 828-505-0338.

Contraceptive pill prevents loss of eye sight

September 6, 2011

Scientists at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have shown that the active component (Norgestrel) of the contraceptive ‘Mini Pill’ prevents the loss of sight in mice that have degenerative eye conditions that normally lead to blindness.

The research will be published in the September issue of The Journal of Neurochemistry.  

People who suffer from the genetic condition Retinitis Pigmentosa lose their sight because the light detecting cells in their eyes called photoreceptors begin to die by the time they reach their mid-twenties.

In a screening of 1,200 commonly used drugs Professor Tom Cotter and his team in the Biochemistry Department at UCC discovered that Norgestel did more than just provide contraception in mouse models used to study blindness.   It also prevented the loss of the light detecting cells and the sight of the mice was retained when the animals were given the drug at a similar concentration used for contraceptive purposes.


Avastin Injections Are Reported to Cause Blindness

September 6, 2011

At least 16 people in two states have gotten severe eye infections, and some have been blinded, from injections of the drug Avastin, according to health authorities and to lawyers representing the patients.

Genentech, via Associated Press

The cancer drug Avastin has been used by some doctors to treat macular degeneration, an off-label application.

The incidents, in Florida and Tennessee, demonstrate the risks associated with the money-saving practice of injecting Avastin into the eye to treat the wet form of age-relatedmacular degeneration, a common cause of severe vision loss in the elderly.

Avastin, sold by Genentech, is approved to treat cancer, not eye disease. But many retina specialists use Avastin off label because it costs only about $50 an injection, compared with $2,000 for Lucentis, another Genentech drug that has the same mode of action and is approved as an eye treatment.

The off-label use of Avastin has saved Medicare and patients hundreds of millions of dollars a year. But dividing a vial of Avastin into numerous tiny doses for injection into the eye introduces the risk of bacterial contamination. That is apparently what has happened in the cases in Florida and Tennessee.


Meavista – Check your vision on your PC for Macular Degeneration

September 6, 2011

The MEAVISTA program is based on the Amsler Grid with additional advanced functions. It helps to check and monitor your vision for symptoms of Macular Degeneration (MD) and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Symptoms are the presence of blurred areas and distorted view of objects. The Amsler Grid used in the MEAVISTA program is available with 3 different optional backgrounds.

After easy installation to your computer, this program helps to

– check your vision for the presence of a blurred area or an area with curved lines

– create an outline around a blurred area or an area with curved lines

– see the display of the previously performed check

– see changes and update the outline of an affected area

– see statistics of performed checks

An affected area can be marked with red dots and a blue outline that helps to see future changes of the affected area. This outline can easily be modified and updated according to any changes of the affected area.

Please note that this program does not replace an official eye test or eye exam. For eye tests or eye exams you must contact an eye physician.