Smart Specs Glasses Could Help the Blind See

Smart Specs were developed by scientists in the UK to capture real-time images and enhance the contrast for legally blind individuals. There are many levels of blindness and about 90% of people labeled as ‘blind’ have some degree of sight. Smart Specs look like binoculars or ViewFinders with a strap that keeps them secured to your head. The idea for Smart Specs originated from 3D cameras originally developed for the Xbox to capture real-time images. The images are contrast-enhanced and displayed on a screen in front of the user’s eyes. Dark things become black, while bright things become white. Far away objects are simply erased to reduce visual clutter. Objects that would normally blend into each other like a sofa, carpet, and dog of the same color, would be more clearly identifiable as 3 distinct objects. Hannah Thompson, a legally … Read More

Can LOW VISION be helped with Amber Tinted Sunglasses?/ Can You Improve Low Vision?

Low vision is described as having partial vision, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision and even blindness. Low vision makes daily life difficult and can interfere with reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces and cannot be corrected through surgery, medication, glasses or contact lenses. Low vision can manifest in many forms: Macular degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic retinopathy can affect central vision. Glaucoma and strokes affect peripheral vision. Most eye problems can affect contrast sensitivity. Poor depth perception can cause us to misjudge the height of a step for instance. Visual processing – Difficulties with visual processing affect how visual information is interpreted, or processed by the brain. Approximately 1 in 28 Americans over age 40 suffer from low vision. Aging is the number one factor linked to increased risk of developing low … Read More