For those recently diagnosed with vision loss and their families, VisionAware's blogs cover personal perspectives and responses to vision loss, daily living techniques and helpful products, breaking news on eye conditions and treatments, new resources and organizations, and more.
- New Research: Ebola Survivors Have Ongoing Risk of Eye Disease, Even When the Initial Outbreak Has Concluded
by Maureen Duffy on 1/16/2017
Although worldwide attention was focused on the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, considerably less attention – until now – has been paid to the eye and vision complications resulting from the disease. This month, a group of researchers from the United States, Liberia, and Uganda have published data describing the ocular findings, visual impairment, and associated complications of Ebola in a group of survivors in Monrovia, Liberia. They conclude that "survivors of Ebola virus disease (EVD) are at risk for uveitis (explained below), which may lead to eye…
- New Glaucoma Research from the United Kingdom: Could a Glaucoma Treatment also Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?
by Maureen Duffy on 1/10/2017
Two recent United Kingdom-based eye research projects have begun to explore potential (but not yet proven) links between retinal disease and beta-amyloid proteins that accumulate in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. The first project, from the University of Southampton, England, investigated the potential role of beta-amyloid protein in the development of macular degeneration. The second project (explained below), from researchers at University…
- January Is National Glaucoma Awareness Month: Learn More About Glaucoma and Current Treatments
by Maureen Duffy on 1/3/2017
National Glaucoma Awareness Month provides a perfect opportunity to learn more about glaucoma, a leading cause of vision loss that affects more than 3 million people in the United States. Glaucoma often is called "the sneak thief of sight" for good reason: Many people are unaware that glaucoma has few symptoms or warning signs in its early stages. Early treatment for glaucoma can usually (but not always) slow the progression of the disease. However, as of yet, there is no cure for glaucoma. Because glaucoma has no obvious initial symptoms, a…
- Keeping Your Balance Through Outdoor Bike Riding
by Beckie Horter on 1/12/2017
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Albert Einstein Editor's note: In the New Year we all make promises to ourselves about coming up with a new weight loss plan or exercising more. Beckie Horter, new VisionAware peer advisor, describes her joy in bike riding and how she does it. Feeling Out of Balance To keep moving is not always an easy thing for people with vision loss to do. While we may want to stay active, and may even seek it out, our vision oftentimes interferes and spoils our best-laid plans. I discovered this firsthand after central vision loss left me legally blind in my mid-thirties. Along with…
- Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
by Holly Bonner on 1/11/2017
Once a woman learns she’s about to have a child, her attention is immediately directed towards prenatal care. At the mid-point of pregnancy, approximately 20 weeks, doctors will begin discussing a birth plan with the expectant parents. A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences for your delivery, including things like how to manage your labor pain. Having your wishes recorded in the form of this written document ensures your healthcare provider understands your wishes with regards to the delivery of your child. It is important to note that although preparation for birth is essential, the new mother may not be able to control every aspect of her labor and delivery. Sometimes the unexpected happens, and you must remain flexible in cases where you may be…
- Beginning on a Positive "Quote"
by Maribel Steel on 1/9/2017
At this time of year, New Year resolutions abound. As a writer and a person living with a visual impairment, I am always on the look out for uplifting quotations that will help me focus on new ventures and goals. I find encouragement and peace of mind when I stop for a moment to consider the wise words of others and can gain insights for my personal aspirations. Like a beacon radiating with light, quotations have the ability to cast a more positive perspective on our thought process when life can get challenging. Following are 17 quotations especially chosen for their uplifting message under the three themes of acceptance, courage, and…
Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind
- Celebrating Louis Braille's Birthday and AFB's Commitment to Braille Literacy
by Elizabeth Neal on 1/2/2017
- Helen Keller on Trying to Make the World 'A Little More As I Want It'
by Helen Selsdon on 12/30/2016
- Looking Forward: Join Us in Expanding Possibilities for People with Vision Loss
by Kirk Adams on 12/19/2016
- Is Braille Useful on the Job?
by Shannon Carollo on 1/12/2017
- Who Can Assist Me with Developing a Resume?
by Shannon Carollo on 1/10/2017
- Visually Impaired Adults, Let's Talk Braille with Parents of Visually Impaired Children
by Shannon Carollo on 1/4/2017
- A Thankful Mom: Nancy's Story of Raising Her Son Who Is Visually Impaired
by Alicia Wolfe on 1/11/2017
- What You Need to Know About the Expanded Core Curriculum for Children Who Are Blind
by Shannon Carollo on 1/9/2017
- The Importance of Braille: World Braille Day 2017
by Shannon Carollo on 1/4/2017
- Autism Awareness Month: The Child Versus the Label
by Emily Coleman on 4/4/2016
- The Understanding of a Sibling
by Emily Coleman on 12/31/2015
- Quality Eddie Time
by Emily Coleman on 11/25/2015