Vigorous Exercise Tied to Macular Degeneration in Men

December 17, 2017

A new study suggests that vigorous physical activity may increase the risk for vision loss, a finding that has surprised and puzzled researchers.

Using questionnaires, Korean researchers evaluated physical activity among 211,960 men and women ages 45 to 79 in 2002 and 2003. Then they tracked diagnoses of age-related macular degeneration, from 2009 to 2013. Macular degeneration, the progressive deterioration of the central area of the retina, is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly.

They found that exercising vigorously five or more days a week was associated with a 54 percent increased risk of macular degeneration in men. They did not find the association in women.

for more info:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/well/move/vigorous-exercise-tied-to-macular-degeneration-in-men.html

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/article-abstract/2665836

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IrisVision

December 17, 2017

IrisVision – Multipurpose Headworn System for Near and Distance Vision

Hand held magnifiers, electronic readers, magnifying desk lamps and telescopic glasses are just a few of the low vision aids that help those with macular degeneration see and read better. You perhaps have often heard this statement, “different magnifiers for different tasks.”

Near and Distance Vision Magnification

What if you could minimize the number of magnifiers and aids you use and instead wear a headworn device that could help you read your newspaper AND enjoy your favorite TV show, all with better clarity? This low vision technology does just that.

“IrisVision harnesses groundbreaking technology into a single, hands-free device to help with many common functional tasks needed by those who live with a vision impairment. It boasts an extra large LED screen and expansive field of view, and a powerful camera with auto-focus capabilities. Best of all? You only need one!” IrisVision

Find out more about how this low vision technology works and if it could be of benefit to you:

IrisVision – A New Type of Low Vision Technology 

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

www.WebRN-MacularDegeneration.com 


Seeing AI app

November 11, 2017

The following is from Lauren Tappan:

As a low-vision user of Assistive Technology I am always looking for new solutions.

I was recently given a stack of written material to read after seeing my Doctor.

I usually just give up reading all of this information but this time, I was able to use

The Seeing AI app on my new cell phone.  The seeing AI app read all of this material

To me quickly and easily.  I was able to go through the material almost like a

Sighted reader.

What a gift!

I highly recommend that you look at the seeing ai app on an Apple Cell phone.

You can download this as a free ap and it could change things for you too.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seeing-ai/id999062298?mt=8

Lauren Tappan


Stem cells used to fight Macular Degeneration

November 7, 2017

The following is from Lauren Tappan:

UCSB scientists near cure for blinding eye disease.
Once thought impossible, a cure for a blinding eye disease is in the works at UC Santa Barbara.

Researchers are in a phase one clinical trial with a procedure that would improve or cure the vision for those suffering from Macular Degeneration. The blinding eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in older Americans and impacts the sight of 20 million people worldwide.

It’s a sophisticated procedure that places stem cells in the back of the eye to repair damaged areas.

Those cells would last for the patients lifetime and would be implanted in a one-time procedure.

Getting this treatment to the most people could still be years away but the work being done at UCSB is groundbreaking in the world of vision restoration.

“In five years my hope is that we’ll be ready to get this approved and out to patients to help people who currently don’t have a therapy to use,” Professor Clegg of UC Santa Barbara said.

For more info:

http://www.keyt.com/news/ucsb-scientists-near-cure-for-blinding-eye-disease/649063682


SuperVision + magnifier App

November 3, 2017

SuperVision+ is the only magnifier (magnifying glass) app on the market that offers a supreme live image stabilization capability. Highly magnified images are usually shaking. It is a problem especially for old people. No more image shaking with SuperVision+ magnifier (magnifying glass).

Highlighted in Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired published by the American Foundation for the Blind.

From reading small print at near distance to seeing signs at far distance, SuperVision+ magnifier (magnifying glass) is your go-to app for seeing better and clearer.

Place your phone camera close to small objects, the app can also be used as a microscope. You can see something small that even normally sighted people can’t see.

Features:
– Easy to activate stabilization. Just press the screen and hold.
– Option to only stabilize vertically, allowing horizontal reading movement.
– Large and highly visible buttons.
– Freeze images at high resolution for seeing details.
– Easy to use either with one hand or two hands.
– Landscape mode
– Flash light support.
– Save images to gallery.
– Share images to social network.
– No advertisement.

for more info:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.harvard.schepens.supervisionv7&hl=en


Keyword searching in physical world

November 3, 2017

Super Vision … A vision assistive app for keyword searching in physical world as Google search does in digital world.

A smart magnifying glass!

You use Google search in digital world.
Now you can use SuperVision keyword search in the physical world.
Point your camera to documents, product labels, bank statements, or restaurant menus. Speak your keywords, the app will locate the areas of interest for you. Then you may zoom in to read details.
The app can tolerate typo in your keywords and errors in OCR results.

For more info:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.harvard.meei.supervisionsearch&hl=en

 


Tom Perski about Iris Vision

October 25, 2017

A note from Lauren Tappan

Here is a link to the new video on the updated Iris Vision. 

Tom Perski

Vice President, Professional and Consumer Outreach

Iris Vision Global

312-560-1823

Working from Oro Valley, Arizona

Formerly Senior Vice President of Rehabilitaion Services at The Chicago Lighthouse

You may also contact:

Zack Afridi

   Director of Sales

Cell: 925-202-5160

Office: 925-399-7414

Iris Vision Global offices are located in Pleasanton, CA