Orcam wearable device reads documents and faces

By / February 28, 2017

Ensight’s Fort Collins support group recently met with Bob Machacek of AKB Visions about a helpful new assistive technology device called Orcam. Orcam is a wearable device with a smart camera designed to assist people who are visually impaired. Bob demonstrated how to use the small camera mounted on a pair of glasses along with… Read more

Free Genetic Testing for Inherited Retinal Diseases Now Available through Spark Therapeutics

By / December 29, 2016

Spark Therapeutics has created a genetic test for patients with inherited retinal disease that may provide important information that will help them understand their disease. The initiative was developed in response to feedback from advocates, families affected by retinal diseases and health care professionals about barriers to genetic screening. Spark is a gene therapy company… Read more

Excess supplements for vision may cause problems

By / November 18, 2016

Many older adults these days are taking nutritional supplements to prevent or slow vision loss.   Eye doctors prescribing such supplements have been influenced by results of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS2) in which researchers found that patients at high risk for visual loss from AMD who took lutein (10 mg) and zeaxanthin (2 mg)… Read more

Strokes and Vision Loss

By / October 19, 2016

Almost half of stroke assessments do not assess vision. A recent University of Liverpool led review of post-stroke screenings for visual impairments found that while 65 percent of stroke survivors suffer from a visual impairment, 45 percent of stroke units do not assess vision at all.  The review states there is an urgent demand for… Read more

What is eccentric viewing, and how might it help me?

By / September 5, 2016

What is eccentric viewing, and how might it help me? If you or someone you know has lost vision, you may want to learn the skill of eccentric viewing and take optimum advantage of your remaining vision. This method of using one’s peripheral field to take over the central field can restore some lost abilities… Read more

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