Tag: Blindness

Lego Launches Braille Bricks For Blind And Visually Impaired Children

Danish toy maker Lego announced the launch of its Lego Braille Bricks. The new toy blocks will feature letter and number markings that can help blind and visually impaired children learn Braille.

Public Health April 25, 2019

Studies Prove Blind People Really Have Better Hearing

Multiple new studies prove that people who were born blind or became blind really have better hearing than people with sight. Scientists examined the brains of individuals using MRIs.

Neuroscience April 23, 2019

Disease That Causes Teen Jordyn Walker To Lose Senses Remains A Mystery To Doctors

Doctors and parents of a 15-year-old girl whose unidentified illness took most of her senses were left mystified on what could have caused it. Recently, the teen became permanently blind after the pressure on her eyes became too much.

Feature | Health January 6, 2019

Blue Light Emitted By Phones And Tablets Can Speed Up Blindness

Blue light from smartphones are dangerous for your eyes. According to a new study, prolonged exposure to blue light might speed up macular degeneration and lead to blindness.

Public Health August 11, 2018

Turmeric Eye Drops Could Cure Glaucoma In Its Early Stage

Eye doctors developed turmeric eye drops that can deliver high amounts of curcumin straight to the eyes. Curcumin has long been known minimize the loss of nerve cells and prevent glaucoma patients from going blind.

Medicine July 25, 2018

An Orange A Day Keeps Common Cause Of Blindness Away According To Study

A new study specified the important benefits of including a serving of oranges to everyday meals. The study said oranges protect people from developing a leading cause of blindness that occurs after the age of 50.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 14, 2018

Wearing Neckties Can Reduce Blood Flow To The Brain By 7.5 Percent

Wearing necktie may hamper a person's creative and thinking abilities as it obstructs blood flow. An earlier study also found a link between wearing ties regularly and the risk for blindness.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 8, 2018

You Should Never Sleep With Makeup On: This Woman Almost Lost Her Eyesight

A 50-year-old woman from Australia almost lost her eyesight due to fragments of mascara that built up beneath her eyelid. She is now looking to raise awareness on the dangers of sleeping with makeup on.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 2, 2018

Blind Patients Regain Their Eyesight After Successful Stem Cell Treatment

Doctors have treated patients with macular degeneration with stem cell therapy which restored their eyesight. Macular degeneration is the most common form of blindness.

Medicine March 20, 2018

Gene Therapy To Treat Inherent Blindness Will Cost $850,000: Is This The Future Of Medicine?

Luxturna, a drug for gene therapy to cure inherent blindness that was recently approved by the FDA, will cost $850,000. Does the prohibitive cost outweigh the advantages of a one-time treatment to cure a hereditary disease?

Medicine January 4, 2018

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy For Inherited Disease

Luxturna was recently approved for the treatment of a blindness-causing RPE65 gene mutation. With two injections in each eye, patients diagnosed with a hereditary retinal dystrophy would be able to experience improved vision.

Medicine December 20, 2017

Microsoft Seeing AI App For The Blind Launches In 35 Countries, Can Now Decipher Handwriting And More

Microsoft's Seeing AI app got a major update with several new features like handwriting recognition. The app is also widening its reach, now available in 35 countries including the European Union.

Microsoft December 15, 2017

Curing Blindness Through Gene Therapy Might Soon Be Allowed By The FDA

Patients whose blindness is a result of an RPE65 gene might soon consider Luxturna, a form of gene therapy that improves vision. Its approval will soon be deliberated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Biotech October 10, 2017

The Impossible Run: Sonic Tech Helps Blind Runners 'See' Their Own Way [Video]

An 18-year-old visually impaired athlete was able to run unassisted for the first time thanks to sonic technology, which created a sound corridor to guide his way. Hyper directional sound technology could be a real game changer and 'The Impossible Run' project is just getting started.

Life & Style May 9, 2017

iPad For The Blind: $500 Blitab Translates Digital Text Into Braille

The touchscreen technology is now accessible to the blind and visually impaired as Blitab brings Braille to the digital age with their tactile tablet. Blitab’s easy access and affordability could signify a great improvement in Braille literacy.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 15, 2017

Vision Loss Is As Bad As Loss Of Hearing, Limb Or Speech For Many Americans

Many Americans consider vision loss equally bad as losing one's limb, hearing, memory or speech, a new survey revealed. The findings highlight the importance of support for eye health research.

Public Health August 5, 2016

Blindness Cure On The Horizon? Scientists Restore Eyesight In Blind Mice

Biochemical manipulations and visual stimulations helped restore the eyesight of blind mice with glaucoma in a new study. The research may pave way for new directions that can help millions who suffer from vision loss.

Neuroscience July 12, 2016

Google DeepMind And NHS To Fight Blindness With AI Machine Learning

Google’s DeepMind and the UK's National Health Service have signed a partnership that will help ophthalmologists plow through huge amounts of data. This would make eyesight-impairing diseases easier to detect and counter early on.

Apps/Software July 6, 2016

Using Smartphones In The Dark While Lying In Bed Can Cause Temporary Blindness

Your nighttime smartphone habits can cause temporary blindness. Two women suffered temporary blindness for months due to regularly using their smartphones in the dark with one eye.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 24, 2016

Breakthrough Gene Therapy Reverses Vision Loss In Patients With Inherited Blindness

Gene therapy fuels hope for slowing or reversing loss of vision in patients with choroideremia, a rare form of inherited blindness. The trial, a first of its kind in the world, saw sustained benefits in its patients.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 30, 2016

About 5 Billion People Could Be Nearsighted By 2050

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of New South Wales and the Singapore Eye Research Institute has found that 5 billion people in the world are likely to develop myopia or nearsightedness by 2050. About one-fifth of suffers are also at a higher risk of losing their vision entirely as well.

Life February 19, 2016

Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Statin May Help Restore Vision In Patients With Common Form Of Blindness

High doses of statin drugs may prove to be beneficial in treating patients with age-related macular degeneration. Researchers believe the drug could help restore the patients’ blurred or lost vision.

Life February 5, 2016

Cheap Epilepsy Drug May Help Prevent Nerve Damage In Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

A commonly-used and cheap drug for seizure helps prevent nerve damage in patients with multiple sclerosis. This may prevent the occurrence of partial or total blindness among these patients.

Life January 26, 2016

Eating Leafy Green Vegetables, Carrots And Beets Cuts Glaucoma Risk By 30 Percent

Diets rich in leafy green vegetables are good for the eyes. Researchers have found a link between increased nitrate intake and reduced risk for primary open-angle glaucoma, a leading cause of irreversible blindness.

Life January 17, 2016

PSivida's Medidur Achieves Positive Phase 3 Trial Results For Treating Posterior Uveitis

Clinical trial results are in and Medidur is on the right track! According to pSivida, the posterior uveitis treatment achieved its primary efficacy endpoint in a Phase 3 trial.

Life December 23, 2015

Robotic Glove Will One Day Allow The Blind To See With Their Hands

Engineers from the University of Nevada Reno and University of Arkansas in Little Rock teamed up to develop a robotic arm that will help visually impaired people. Check out what else the team wants to advance with their planned development.

FUTURE TECH December 19, 2015

Blind Colorado Woman Sees Again With New Bionic Eye

After more than 15 years of blindness, a woman from Colorado can now see through her new bionic eye. Doctors implanted a microchip onto Jamie Carley's eye. She now uses an Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System to aid her.

Life December 12, 2015

Blind Woman With Dissociative Identity Disorder Started To See When One Of Her Personalities Changed

After almost two decades of being blind because of a tragic accident, a German woman suddenly regained her eyesight—however, she could only see whenever one of her personalities manifested. Doctors in Munich said her condition was not physical, but psychological.

Life November 25, 2015

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Blindness Risk By 26 Percent

A new study found that sticking to the Mediterranean diet could help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a leading cause of blindness worldwide but by consuming Mediterranean diet staples, the risk of acquiring it can be reduced by 26 percent.

Life November 17, 2015

Eye Injection May Reverse Blindness Caused By Diabetes

Compared to standard laser therapy, injection of the drug Lucentis in the eye was found to be more effective in improving sight in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), a new study revealed. Researchers believe their findings will change treatment options for PDR.

Life November 14, 2015

New System Could Give 16 Million People With Special Needs Internet Access

The project, undertaken by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the federal government, would automatically format any device to the user's needs and preferences.

Internet October 27, 2015

Blind Woman In Australia Can 'See Through' Walls Using Echolocation

Julee-Anne Bell, an Australian blind woman, can see through walls and tell the location, shape or distance of objects through echolocation. She learned her ability from American expert, Daniel Kish.

Life October 17, 2015

WHO Calls For The Reduction Of Visual Impairment Prevalence By 2019

The World Health Organization encourages nations to pay attention to the reduction of visual impairment prevalence by 2019 through its Global Action Plan. WHO believes that visual impairment is avoidable.

Life October 9, 2015

Spark Therapeutics Gene Therapy Shows Promise In Restoring Vision Of Visually Impaired Patients

Gene therapy that aims to restore vision in partially blind people exhibited positive results in its phase 3 clinical trial. Experts said that the results were promising and that patients were able to achieve the maximum benefits set for the drug.

Life October 7, 2015

Genetics, Lifestyle Factors Affect Odds For Age-Related Macular Degenaration: How To Reduce Risks

Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and smoking do have an effect on people's chances of acquiring age related macular degeneration, new study finds.

Life September 19, 2015

Ohio Man Goes Blind In One Eye After Sleeping With Contact Lenses On

Contact lenses aid people to see better, but prolonged continuous use may be a source of a bigger problem in the long term. A man from Ohio has gone blind in one eye after sleeping with his contact lenses on.

Life August 22, 2015

A Cure For Blindness May Be In Sight Thanks To Vision Cell-Restoring Gene Therapy

By inserting a human gene for a light-sensing pigment, researchers were able to restore some vision in mice whose vision cells were destroyed. The work suggests that a similar strategy might succeed in humans.

August 18, 2015

Gene Therapy To Correct Blindess Can Also Improve Visual Pathways In The Brain

Researchers showed that not only is gene therapy capable of restoring sight but it can also spur brain connections back into action despite being inactive for a while.

Life July 22, 2015

This Small Device Will Help Blind People Echolocate

A new device created by a team of researchers in India could help blind people echolocate, or determine the distance of obstacles in their path through sound.

Gadgets July 20, 2015

My Retina Tracker Is Crowdsourcing Blindness Research

There are hundreds of genetic mutations that could end up causing blindness, and very few patients for each mutation. My Retina Tracker is attempting to crowdsource as much information as possible to cure previously little-researched blindness-related diseases.

Animals July 14, 2015

FDA Approves BrainPort V100, A Gadget That Helps Blind People See With Their Tongues

The FDA gave the green signal to BrainPort V100, technology designed to aid blind people in seeing with their tongues.

June 21, 2015

Hydrogels Can Restore Eyesight In Mice: Can This New Stem Cell Therapy Help Humans Too?

Could blindness be restored and brains repaired using hydrogels and stem cells? New research show that could happen in humans as it has in rats.

Life May 17, 2015

Hydrogel Keeps Stem Cells Alive To Help Restore Eyesight And Speed Up Stroke Recovery

A hydrogel that holds stem cells together while they are being transplanted helps promote their healing ability. By using the gel-like biomaterial, researchers were able to partially restore vision and help heal stroke injury.

Life May 16, 2015

An App That Teaches Echolocation And Furthers Research To Help Visually Impaired People

An upcoming app will contribute to research aimed at making echolocation a more accessible tool for visually impaired people while teaching sighted people some of these skills.

Life May 12, 2015

Stem Cell Injection Might Save Seniors From Vision Loss

Researchers have found that stem cells can be used to disrupt the progression of age-related macular denegeration, alleviating vision loss due to the disease.

Life April 16, 2015

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