FAQs – What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is defined in the Tech Act as any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. How does assistive technology assist those who are visually impaired? What impact can assistive technology have on a person’s life?Read more!
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.Read more!
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.Read more!
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?Read more!
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?Read more!
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.Read more!
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?Read more!
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.Read more!
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.Read more!
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.Read more!