Tag Archives: blindness

Beyond Sight: A New Film Tells the Story of a Blind Surfer   For those of us unfamiliar with surfing, Pipeline is a surfing spot on Oahu’s North Shore known for its beautiful blue-green waves that provide surfers with the perfect barrel. It’s also one of the most dangerous surfing reefs, having claimed more lives [...]

Bats May Hold the Secret to Healthy Eyesight & Eternal Youth In Western culture, bats are often thought of as evil, scary, disgusting creatures. In movies and books they’re associated with demons and vampires and you’re likely to see some spooky bat-related decorations this Halloween. In Emma Teeling’s recent presentation at TEDx Dublin, however, she [...]

Fleksy: A Mobile Keyboard App for the Blind that the Sighted Will Love Too   Last week a new version of the iPhone app for the blind and visually impaired, Fleksy, hit the App Store. As the blind and visually impaired have become one of the fastest growing segments of smartphone users worldwide, a number [...]

TED Talk: Neil Harbisson, Cyborg Activist Meet Neil Harbisson, an artist, musician, and cyborg activist. He’s a brilliant and eccentric character devoted to pushing the limits of his senses by integrating technology into his very identity. In his fascinating TED Talk, Harbisson explains how he has accomplished this through his “eyeborg” device. Born colorblind, Harbisson [...]

Bionic Eyes: An Ocular Prosthetic Infographic A few months ago, we shared a TEDMED 2011 presentation from neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg on breakthroughs in retinal prosthesis technology. She explained how the visual process can be broken down in mathematical code, which can then be recreated by a computer and a camera connected to the brain through electrodes. If Dr. [...]

A New Documentary on Goalball, A Sport for the Visually Impaired A new documentary in production hopes to make the sport of goalball “the next worldwide craze.” The film follows several athletes playing for the New York Knights, exploring how the sport affects their lives. At this point, you may be asking yourself, “What’s goalball?” [...]

Social Media in the Eye Care Industry: SOLO Eyewear In this edition of our blog series, “Social Media in the Eye Care Industry,” Sam Afetian, the Social Media Manager at SOLO Eyewear, answers some of our questions. A few months back we featured SOLO Eyewear in a blog post highlighting its unique and inspiring mission [...]

SOLO Eyewear – A Mission to Prevent Blindness   80 percent of the world’s blindness is preventable. If you’re involved in the eye care field, this is a stat you have probably heard before. Approximately 39 million people around the globe are blind due to preventable diseases or conditions like cataract, trachoma, glaucoma, onchocerciasis (river [...]

Heavenly Sight: A Vision Out of Blindness   Throughout African American history there has been a plethora of talented and influential blind musicians. Author Lee Breuer states that “There is a general total world historical connection between blindness and mystical insight… The clearest representation of that of course in the United States is the black [...]

Decoding the Brain: Breakthrough Retinal Prosthesis   In this fascinating presentation from TEDMED 2011, neuroscientist and professor at Cornell University, Sheila Nirenberg, discusses breakthrough technology in retinal prosthesis. Nirenberg has devoted her career to understanding how the brain encodes outside information into electrical activity. This understanding has allowed scientists to develop a retinal prosthetic that [...]