Tiny telescope gives hope to macular degeneration patients

October 9, 2012

A new, bionic tool for treating macular degeneration was unveiled this month at the University of California, Davis: a telescope smaller than a pea that’s implanted directly into the eye.

It’s barely detectable at first, but a close look at a patient with the implant reveals a slightly luminescent spot where the pupil would be. That lens holds a world of promise for patients with end-stage macular degeneration, a retinal disorder that limits vision to a cloudy warp of reality.

Read more: http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/health/tiny-telescope-gives-hope-to-macular-degeneration-patients#ixzz28peoE7Uf


Stem Cell Progress

October 9, 2012

StemCells Inc. (STEM) said it transplanted neural stem cells into its first patient with dry age-related macular degeneration, pushing forward its Phase I/II clinical trial.

We are not there yet, but this is a step forward.


Tours and Cruises for the Blind and Visually Impaired

October 5, 2012

This post by Lauren Tappan:

Mind’s Eye Travel is an organization that creates tours for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Their prices include sighted guide assistance and help with the following:

  • Immigration Documents
  • Boarding Passes
  • Cruise Line Bag Tags
  • Embarkation & Disembarkation
  • Orientation & Mobility While Onboard Ship
  • Shore Excursions 
  • Braille Menus (when available)
  • Airline Bookings

Next Cruise: 

Eastern Caribbean Voyager
March 7, 2013 – March 17, 2013
More Info: http://www.mindseyetravel.com/trip/eastern-caribbean-voyager