Hi-Tech Inventions to Help the Visually Impaired this Christmas

Giving away a set of for sale sunglasses in the Philippines is a classy gift this coming Christmas. However, the summer season is yet to come and you probably will soon experience the “chill” of December. Feeling the yuletide breeze is not enough; you must see it, too. Putting on sunglasses could “block” you from seeing sparkling and twinkling decors hanging in every street or every house. It would be a dull experience to hide the wonderful colors splashed before your eyes, ceasing the “Christmas-y” mood altogether.

Wearing sunglasses is just a mere flaw (or not a flaw at all) but it is entirely different if the person “wears” the flaw right inside their eyes. You can easily take off your sunglasses and marvel at those wonderful Christmas decors. This is not the case for people with partial or complete vision loss and those suffering from eye-related diseases. They’ve gone through countless eye checkups. Had changed their eyeglasses frame into different styles and colors because they have no choice but to wear corrective lenses all throughout their lives.

Blindness doesn’t only take away someone’s vision but their independence as well. They are able to cope though, and adjust. Fortunately, external help is within reach and some of it can be accessed via smartphones.

Here are the amazing finds developed to solve vision problems:

PEEK (Portable Eye Examination Kit)
Eye checkup or eye exam is expensive. The Peek App fixes this. Now, eye exams can be done by peeking through the camera lens of a smartphone. It can detect cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Join their Indiegogo Campaign to make this a reality.

Google Chrome ReColor
It only started through a project of a 17-year old high school student in India named Animesh Tripathi. Color-blind persons can now adjust the hues on their screens by using this program. Another Indiegogo Campaign funded project.

Facebook Retina App
For someone who has a pair of normal and healthy eyes, it would be hard to imagine how it goes with a person with low-vision conditions. Novartis steps up by creating an app to raise awareness by letting an individual “see” the world of a vision-impaired person.

Be My Eyes App
A mobile app developed by Hans Jørgen Wiberg. According to their site, “it is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat.” As of now, it helped over 100,000 persons with vision difficulties to be able to see.


This one resembles sunglasses but with a pricey tag. eSight is a revolutionary gadget that allows the blind to see. It assists people with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, optic atrophy, and other eye-related diseases. The current cost is $15,000, so this is not an ideal Christmas gift for now. Moreover, it is only available in Canada and the U.S.

Sharing is caring. But giving with a cause is cooler. You don’t have to put on a for sale sunglasses in the Philippines just to project it to everyone; helping others is cool. This Yuletide season, don’t limit the gift-giving to your family and friends. Help those who are in need, especially those with vision impairments.


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