Emotional Challenges for Individuals with Low Vision

August 15, 2016

The following is from Lauren Tappan.

Suggested Solutions for Emotional Challenges for Individuals with Low Vision
    Some of the low vision occupational therapists are able to help individuals with low vision work through their emotional issues regarding limitations due to the loss of eye sight. I have just received information from the lighthouse for the blind in San Francisco noting that they now have a low vision support group and a counselor assigned to the lighthouse for the blind who is another potential resource working through emotional issues due to facing challenges for people with low vision.

Retinitis Pigmentosa Treatment in Cuba

August 3, 2016

The Cubans claim they are treating RP successfully. A Canadian ophthalmology journal casts doubts.

One controversial treatment, currently available in Cuba, consists of a combination of ozone therapy (removing a small amount of blood from the eye, adding ozone, and replacing it a short while later), electrical stimulation, dietary supplements and so-called “oligoelements”, and eye surgery under a local anesthetic. The rationale behind these procedures is to improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the affected parts of the eye.

As yet, this procedure has not been subject to critical review and, as such, remains outside the medical mainstream. The Cuban clinic where it has been performed has repeatedly refused to show the procedure to anyone outside of the clinic. As such, critical review is very difficult. There have been reports of physical damage to some patients including detached retinas, crossed eyes, and sensitivity to light.

Because of this, the RP Research Foundation in Canada and the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness in the U.S. have called the procedure into question.

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