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A Holiday Gift Guide from Optelec

Have you been searching 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 gets them back to doing what they love is priceless.

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Challenging Expectations: At Work

Starting at a very young age, people begin to think about what they want to do and who they want to be when they grow up.  Once they experience different aspects of life and pursue varying avenues of education, these expectations may change.  People may face challenges and obstacles while striving to achieve their goals or get their dream job. 

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Challenging Expectations: At School

Did you know there are 57,983 registered legally blind school-age children in the United States?  This number is expected to continue to grow substantially.  For these school-aged children and young adults pursuing a college degree, access to printed and digital materials is essential for their educational success.

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Celebrate Senior Health and Fitness Day – What Gets You Moving?

May 25th is Senior Health and Fitness Day; a day to focus on nothing but the healthy and positive things in life. More than 100,000 older adults across the United States will be participating in this event! Will you be one of them?

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Join us at the 37th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference!

Every year we eagerly anticipate attending the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference and having the opportunity to connect with everyone in person.  Last year we were happy to participate in the virtual event but missed the face-to-face interactions.  We are excited to be back in Anaheim, CA this year for the 37th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference!

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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common eye diseases in older adults.  Age-related Macular degeneration affects central vision and can begin almost undetected.  Regular check-ups by an eye care professional are especially important to catch this disease early and start treatments to retain as much usable vision as possible.

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World Braille Day

On January 4th we celebrate World Braille Day in honor of Louis Braille’s birthday.  He was born on January 4, 1809, and became blind after an accident in his father’s workshop.  He attended the National Institute for Blind Children and then went on to teach there.  In 1829, he published his system for writing for the blind which consisted of a six-dot code. 

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The Importance of Awareness

Throughout the year, different months are selected as awareness months; for example, January is designated as “Glaucoma Awareness Month.”  You may be wondering, “Why is awareness about Glaucoma important?”  Though most people may know that Glaucoma is an eye condition that you can develop as you get older, many are not aware of the first signs of Glaucoma, how it is detected, or that Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.

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Light up the Holidays with Stella GO!

Good lighting is essential whether you are at home or visiting friends and family.  For those with low vision, the right lighting can make a significant difference in how well text, objects, or pictures are seen.  Around your home, you may have already set up lighting to make seeing obstacles and reading easier, however, some activities may require additional lighting.  The Stella GO can quickly and easily be moved from room to room or even taken outside or into the garage.  This allows you to get the light you need to stay active and independent.

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FAQs – What is the difference between a handheld and a stand optical magnifier?

Optical magnifiers are a simple and effective solution for anyone who needs a bit of magnification to better see fine print, read menus in dark restaurants, or check pricing while out and about.  They can also be useful around the home to magnify text on prescription bottles, cooking directions on food packaging, and checking the TV guide. Optical magnifiers are available in handheld or stand options.  What are the differences, and which one is right for you?

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