ZoomText on Mac vs. PC

September 30, 2013

The following is from Lauren Tappan: 

I’ve been disappointed with my ability to surf the web with ZoomText using the PC.  I’ve had difficulty with ZoomText’s interaction with Internet Explorer.  It seems that the Mac is making better inroads in this area.  Look at ZoomText for the Mac’s features on the web.  It almost makes me want to switch from my PC back to the Mac.  Of course, this is a Beta version, so we don’t know what it will look like at the end. 

ZoomText Mac WebReader – Technology Preview!

by DEREK BOVE , AISquared, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

In the latest ZoomText Mac update, you’re going to notice some changes, the biggest of which is a beta version of a brand new reading tool called WebReader.  It extracts just the important content from a busy webpage and reads it back to you using one of the built-in, high quality voices already on your Mac.

To see WebReader in action, watch the video by clicking on the play button below or go onto YouTube and watch it there.

This beta version is free to try until October 31st. If you already own ZoomText Mac, just install the update; if not, head on over to the website to download a trial.

We’re looking for your feedback to improve the tool before its final release.  Feel free to send an email toztmac@aisquared.com or post to our Facebook or Twitter pages!


Oral retinoid significantly improves function in eyes with retinitis pigmentosa

September 28, 2013

A study reported in the JAMA Ophthalmology Journal, August 2013, Vol 131, No. 8 ,  Oral treatment with 9-cis beta-carotene markedly improved retinal function in patients with retinitis pigmentosa.

The randomized clinical trial included 29 patients who underwent a 90-day regimen of four daily capsules of 300-mg 9-cis β-carotene-rich alga D bardawil (β-carotene powder, approximately 20 mg) or a placebo comprising starch powder.

For more info:  http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1686207




New Free eBook about Telescopic Eyeglasses

September 28, 2013

Dr. Randolph Kinkade, a Connecticut ophthalmologist and low vision specialist,  has updated his book describing the various types of telescopic eyeglasses. His book is entitled “Guide for Macular Degeneration Eyeglasses: Low Vision Treatment”. It is available for free at  http://www.lowvisioneyeglasses.com/Download/Guide%20for%20Macular%20Degeneration%20Eyeglasses.pdf


In it he explains and clearly illustrates , for near activities: 

1. Prismatic Magnifying Readers (PMRs)
2. ClearImage II Reading Microscope
3. Spectacle Miniature Telescopes (SMTs)

For distant objects, he explains:

1. E-scoop Glasses
2. Spectacle Miniature Telescopes (SMTs)
a. Full diameters
b. Bioptics

To see if you or someone you know can benefit from low vision eyeglasses, please call Dr. Kinkade at (800) 756-0766. He has offices throughout Connecticut.

For more info: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1481679#ixzz2gCt4OaHU



Radiotherapy for Wet AMD

September 28, 2013

A study in Hamburg, Germany shows that radiation therapy, in conjunction with injections of Lucentis, reduces the frequncy required of the Lucentis injections.

For more info:  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/811801


Craft Optics Telescopic Eyeglasses

September 21, 2013

Craft Optics makes Flip-up Telescopic Eyeglasses for $475. They are currently giving a $60 discount ticket.


A complete CraftOptics unit is a titanium frame into which the user’s current prescription is installed. Attached to that frame is a set of high resolution binocular magnifying telescopes. When in the “down” position, the telescopes drop in front of your personal prescription–your vision correction and CraftOptics Telescopes work together, creating a comfortable, high resolution optical device that will help you see like a surgeon from a comfortable working distance. No hunching over your work, no more neck, shoulder, back or eye strain.

It comes with free shipping and a 45 day money-back guarantee.

There is even a high intensity, mountable LED accessory spotlight available that mounts on these eyeglasses for $199.

For more info:   http://craftoptics.com/telescopes/product-presentation/

CDesk – The Simple Large Type Desktop

September 16, 2013

Some people have difficulty using ZoomText, which is just a magnified version of the complex Windows desktop. There is a nice alternative for low vision – CDesk with voice-enabled applications.


CDesk by AdaptiveVoice is a stand-alone, all-inclusive software program that enables access to the most commonly used functions of their computers. CDesk is not merely a screen reader or a screen magnification program. CDesk is a single program with 19 applications, built from the ground up to be extremely intuitive, simple to use, and easy to learn by utilizing a consistent user interface.

CDesk is a simple, competitive and low-cost solution with distinctly reduced training time and costs. Most CDesk clients are operational with word processing, contact management, email and basic internet usage in under 5 hours of training. CDesk is speech enabled with large print, high contrast text and dynamic user controlled magnification throughout the all of the CDesk applications.

CDesk Suite Includes 19 Applications: EMail, Contacts, Internet, OCR Scanning/Reading, Word Processing, Calendar, Calculator, Spread Sheet, Skype Audio/Video integration, MP3 Music Player, Games, NLS Bard Book downloading, Real-time News Reader and Internet Radio and much more!

All CDesk applications are voice-enabled, shortcut accessible, and use high contrast/large print fonts and cursors with user-controlled context sensitive magnification for ease of access to any level of user.

CDesk has a complete set of task oriented training videos within all of the applications and CDesk remote support and training available.

Free 15day Trial

For more info: www.AdaptiveVoice.com

Instant 20/20 Adjustable Eyeglasses

September 9, 2013

Instant 20/20 glasses are supposed to help you see better by letting you dial the glasses to your preferred setting. The makers of Instant 20/20 claim that you just dial them in, and you can see instantly what you couldn’t before. They say they’re good for a multitude of situations, including watching TV, reading the newspaper or books, doing arts and crafts and other hobbies, sporting events, and more. 

They caution that these shouldn’t be used while driving and that these won’t help with astigmatism or macular degeneration.,

What is interesting is the ability to correct the acuity for each lens individually. That’s huge, as most of the time your vision will vary depending on the eye. That makes them better than pharmacy rack eyeglasses.

They cost $30 plus about $10 for shipping. There is even a money-back guarantee on the glasses, but not the shipping costs.

For more info: