Can you imagine being able to see for the first time because of a smartphone app?
There is a new device that uses sounds or music to allow the blind, or those partially blind, to visualize and navigate their surroundings. This new technology now is accessible through an app on your smartphone.
Development of sensory devices
In recent years, two sensory substitution devices were developed to enhance sight with sounds. The device, vOICe, created by Dutch engineer Peter Meijer in 1992, uses an algorithm to convert simple grayscale images into musical sounds. In 2007, researchers at Hebrew University in Jerusalem used vOICe technology to develop EyeMusic which added color to sounds and shapes. View full article »
You may have noticed you vision worsening when you were in school. Good vision health is important for children of all ages. During the first 12 years of their lives, 80 percent of what children learn is through their eyes.
Children need good vision to have a better chance to learn. The American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates that 25 percent of school-age children have a vision problem that may affect their learning and behavior. Children who can’t see a whiteboard, or have trouble seeing things right in front of them, might withdraw and not participate in class. And they miss out on the opportunity to learn and grow. View full article »
Recognizing March as National Save Your Vision Month
Kids live in a visual world. Nearly 80 percent of what they learn through age 12 is visual, and kids need more than 15 visual skills to succeed in reading, learning, playing sports and everyday situations.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive their first eye exam by age 1, the next one at 3 years old and another before starting kindergarten. After that, students should have a yearly comprehensive eye exam to evaluate their total vision—not just a screening to check their ability to see. View full article »
If you’ve looked at a bright computer screen or gazed at an object on a sunny day, you may have noticed spots, flecks or cobwebs in your vision. They’re called eye floaters, and while they can be bothersome, eye professionals say they are very common and usually are not a cause for concern. View full article »
Recognizing March as Save Your Vision Month
Close your eyes and imagine life without sight. National research indicates that the ability to see is the one sense people are most concerned about losing.
As people age, they are more likely to experience a serious eye problem that can result in diminished or permanent vision loss. The National Eye Institute reports that visual impairment often is caused by eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. View full article »