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.

eSight

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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How to protect your eyes this rainy season?

The rainy season can make you excited because after the hot season, a cold season is now coming. But you should be aware that rainy season can cause different sickness and pay attention about “eye care”. This season your eyes are present in different infections. It is because of the air that contains moisture, which is spreading the virus.

Some of the eye problems may encounter this season are corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis, irritation, and dry eyes. Some of them can affect your sight permanently, that’s why you should take of care your eyes especially this time. Below are some tips how to prevent eye problems during the season.

  • If you have conjunctivitis, wash your eyes gently, use cold compresses and consult your doctor if it get worse.
  • Wash your hand first before touching your eyes. Avoid touching it if your hands are dirty.
  • Don’t share or used towels with others to prevent getting infected and to avoid spreading the infection.
  • Use eye drops as your doctor’s advice. Avoid using over-the-counter medication.
  • Wear eyeglasses frame or sunglass to protect your eyes.
  • Irritation, itchiness and redness of eyes may experience more during the season. These may notice for the people who stay long staring at the computer and reading book. Always do the 20-20-20 rules. (See: Tips to protect your eyes from Computer Strain)
  • Don’t wear contact lenses when eyes are experiencing red eyes, irritation and other eye problem. It may add irritation.
  • Used only water proof makeup from reputed brands.

Consult your eye doctor for more information on how to treat your eyes. Protect your eyes during rainy season.

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Tips to Protect your eyes from Computer Strain

The eyes are one most important part of our body, without this, you can’t see the beauty of the world. It is really important to take care of it, as early as now, till your eyes are not still damaged. It is hard to see beautiful things with a blurry vision.

Now a day, many of us are on the computer for the whole day – for works, past-time or games. Have you noticed that your eyes get teary and painful? It is because your eyes are getting tired. Too much staring at a computer screen can damage eyes. You should be aware about this.

Staring too long at a computer screen can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches, neck, back and shoulder pain. Once you are experiencing these take a rest or consult a doctor.

You can still prevent these to happen by protecting your eyes,

  1. Wear eyeglasses frame or contact lens that’s adequate for computer use.
  2. Sit far enough from the monitor screen, at least arm’s length.
  3. Place your computer or laptop 4 to 5 inches below eye level.
  4. Avoid sitting at the back of a window, sun’s ray can reflect to the screen.
  5. Blink to avoid of drying of the eyes.
  6. Every 20 minutes, give your eyes a 20 second break by looking 20 feet away from you.

Protect and love your eyes!