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April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

Bringing awareness to women’s eye health is an important issue.  According to the Women’s Eye Health organization two-thirds of people with a visual impairment are women.  There are many factors that contribute to women being more susceptible to poor eye health and eye diseases.  Being aware of these factors can help you take preventative measures. 

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Put a Spring in Your Step – Get Outside!

Spring has arrived; time to dust off your walking shoes and get outside!  Did you know that 30 minutes of physical activity everyday not only benefits your heart and overall health but can help your eyes stay healthy as well?  Eye conditions can arise from high blood pressure and diabetes.  Keeping active may reduce or prevent these eye conditions from developing.

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Bring Life into Focus with the Optelec Compact 10 HD!

Every day we stay connected with friends, family, personal affairs, and communities through many different forms including letters, newspapers, pictures, and documents. If you experience any vision loss, whether from an eye condition that you were born with or one that developed as you aged, you may be familiar with reading glasses, handheld magnifiers, or even just adjusting the material you are reading until it comes into focus.  What do you do when these simple solutions are no longer enough to bring your life into focus?

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FAQs – How are Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration Different?

Macular Degeneration is a progressive eye disease that can result in a loss of your central vision.  Genetics and environmental factors are likely to blame and are significant causes of visual impairment in adults over 50.  Macular Degeneration has two forms: ‘dry’ and ‘wet’.  What are the differences between ‘Wet’ and ‘Dry’ macular degeneration?  What affect do they have on your vision?

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Low Vision, Legally Blind, and Blindness – What are the Differences?

You have likely heard the terms blind or legally blind, but what about low vision?  What is low vision and if someone has low vision, does this mean they are blind?  To answer these questions, we need to know what causes low vision and what the different terms, low vision, legally blind, and blind mean.

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Setting Goals for Better Vision - Resolve to See!

Have you made your New Year’s Resolution? Most likely it includes ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle and focus on taking care of yourself.  Your resolution may include walking daily, eating healthier, reading more, or learning something new. How about deciding to take better care of your vision? 

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Glaucoma – The Thief of Sight

What do three million people in the US and 80 million people worldwide have in common?  They are all living with Glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and causes vision loss.  Glaucoma has been referred to as the “Thief of Sight” since its most common form begins with virtually no symptoms. 

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Join Us for a Webinar on the Compact 10 HD

Do you need the power of a desktop video magnifier in a portable, handheld device?  Join us Thursday, January 14 at noon Eastern Time for a webinar on the Compact 10 HD.

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FAQs – How Important is Lighting for People with Low Vision?

As we get older, our eyes and vision change.  The pupil reduces in size, muscles weaken, and the lens starts to stiffen which may cause blurred vision or trouble focusing.  The reduced pupil size and the weakened eye muscles allow less light in and you may notice a need for increased or focused lighting.  Glare sensitivity and a longer period required for adjusting to bright light may also be a noticeable change as you age. In addition to magnifying aids and glare control lenses, one of the most significant ways to make reading, writing, and crafts easier is through effective lighting solutions.

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Optelec's Holiday Gift Giving Guide!

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving” - Mother Teresa. Looking for the perfect gift for friends and family? Give a gift that is meaningful, practical, and shows how much you care.  For your loved ones with low vision, receiving a gift that gives them independence and gets them back to doing what they love is priceless.

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