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.

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Timely news and interviews relating to vision loss, including the latest updates in medical research.

  • Our Readers Want to Know: What Causes Floaters and Should I Be Worried About Them?
    by Maureen Duffy on 8/29/2016

    Editor's note: One of the many benefits associated with an online information center and website, such as VisionAware, is the ability to track readers' search terms [i.e., information readers are seeking as they search online]. Of particular concern to many readers are the presence and disease implications of floaters, as evidenced by the following searches: Do floaters go away after a while? I've had a sudden onset of a shower of floaters. What does this mean? I have floaters after laser treatment/eye injection/eye surgery. Is this a problem? Can floaters cause a retinal tear? An Answer from Mrinali Patel Gupta, M.D. <img

  • Updates from the London Project to Cure Blindness: Stem Cell Research for Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration
    by Maureen Duffy on 8/22/2016

    The London Project to Cure Blindness was established ten years ago in the United Kingdom with the goal of developing stem cell-based treatments to cure vision loss associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The Project is the result of a partnership that includes Moorfields Eye Hospital, the University College London (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology, and the Center for Stem Cell Biology at the University of Sheffield. Since 2015, the Project has provided updates regarding their progress in

  • New Research Examines the Association Between Diabetic Eye Disease and Depression: Should Eye Doctors Be More Alert to Patients' Mental Health?
    by Maureen Duffy on 8/15/2016

    New diabetic retinopathy research from Australia and Singapore suggests that "the severity and progression of diabetic retinopathy can be a useful indicator to prompt the assessment of psychological well-being, particularly in individuals with other risk factors." The researchers further indicate that doctors who are treating adults with chronic disabling eye disease "should be alert and sensitive to potential indicators of depression such as sad mood, poor sleep and appetite, impaired concentration, and diminished

Visually Impaired: Now What?

Formerly known as the "Peer Perspectives Blog," we have renamed the blog to reflect the purpose more accurately. The posts are written by our team of peer advisors, many of whom are professionals in the field who are blind or visually impaired. The blog features solutions for living with visual impairment resulting from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. It includes posts about living independently, getting around, low vision, technology, cooking, and helpful products.

  • Summer Vacation in Colorado Fulfills Bucket List
    by Lynda Jones on 8/29/2016

    Traveling to Central City in Colorado Growing up, my family always took a summer vacation. Sometimes it wasn't to any place in particular. We might head off north, south, east, or west with a vague plan, but, with the intention of stopping for a few hours or even a few days when we came to an interesting place we'd never been before. Some of those trips are my most memorable. This summer was different—destination Central City, Colorado. If you aren't familiar with this little town, it's off I70, west of Denver, and 3000 feet higher. Central City is virtually uphill or down, three blocks wide and possibly five or six miles long. It has no industry except Casinos and a population of only 800 in the winter. So why travel almost 1000 miles to this little town? For two reasons:

  • Finding a New Home: Bucket List Sequel Four, Part 2
    by Priscilla Rogers on 8/25/2016

    Sue Martin--Unexpected Surprises This wasn’t on my bucket list, at least for this year, but…we’ve found our home in Maine. It’s under contract with a closing date in October. Our house in Alabama is on the market with strong interest. The house in Maine is a geodesic dome on 18 acres and it’s on a lake. It has a windmill and solar panels and we’ll be able to be off the grid. The property contains mixed woodland with open ground that’s a combination of grass and blueberries. It has a huge greenhouse and raised beds for growing vegetables. The Biggest News Here’s the biggest news. A member of he Senior Executive Service at Veterans

  • Writing Goals Achieved: Peer Advisor Bucket Lists--Sequel Four, Part 1
    by Priscilla Rogers on 8/22/2016

    It's time for another update as the peer advisors continue to work on their bucket list goals for this year. We’d love to hear how our readers are doing with theirs as well! We have made so much progress on our bucket lists that we have divided this post into two parts! This first post relates to writing. Sequel Four, Part 2 discusses serendipity in finding a home and taking on a new, exciting job opportunity. Amy Bovaird--Writing Goals One of my big goals on my bucket list for 2016 was to complete three books this year (What was I thinking?!).

Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind

AFB Blog

The American Foundation for the Blind is a national organization expanding possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB experts can be found on Capitol Hill ensuring children have the educational materials they need to learn; in board rooms working with technology companies to ensure that their products are fully accessible; and at conferences ensuring professionals who work with people with vision loss have access to the latest research and information. Through our online resources and information center we communicate directly with people experiencing vision loss, and their families, to give them the resources they need to maintain an independent lifestyle. Follow AFB's blog to learn more about our activities.

CareerConnect Blog

AFB CareerConnect® is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. The CareerConnect Blog focuses on employment issues for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as sharing stories from mentors and other blind people who have found career success.

FamilyConnect: A Parent's Voice

This blog is for you—parents of children with visual impairments. We talk about what it's like to be a parent, how to advocate for your child, what new resources we've found, and much more. FamilyConnect also periodically invites experts in all different aspects of raising a visually impaired child to make themselves available to answer your questions.

Raising a Child Who is Blind and...

I am the mother of three and my middle child, Eddie, is officially the "Special Needs Child." Here is my blog to share the joy and pain of having such a unique child.

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