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Discover the latest innovations in the low-vision, low-hearing, and mobility industry, as well as those must-have products to enhance your day-to-day life. Our Independent-Living Blog will help make daily life a little less of a struggle and a bit more pleasurable with assistive products, suggestions, and advice. MaxiAids Helps You Do It . . . Yourself™
08 October, 2018

Tony Giles - Blind World Traveler and Writer

Tony Giles travels the world solo-- and without sight!

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Tony has already visited over ten countries or more so far this year in 2018...

Tony's travel biographies are on his observations and crazy adventures as he travels the globe.  After numerous television and radio appearances, Tony enjoys every moment and claims that his sense of smell, taste and touch have let him experience all the wonders and beauties of the world.

“I can travel blind because of four things – confidence, wanting to travel, good mobility skills and good planning.  That’s all anyone needs." 

MaxiAids offers products specifically designed to assist those with special needs while promoting a healthy, active and independent lifestyle.  We specialize in product solutions for the Blind, Visually Impaired, those with Low Vision, the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Disabled, Seniors (Elderly), Children, and the Special Needs of those with Medical Conditions. Our goal is to bring you the best products available, including the latest innovations to help you live every day to the fullest!

MaxiAids has portable travel accessories for the sight challenged adventurer.  See our... 

- Portable vibrating alarm clocks
- Braille, talking, and vibrating travel alarm clocks and bed shakers
- Portable pill and vitamin organizers
- Money organizer wallets
- C-pen reader pen scanner
- Adjustable folding canes
- Inflatable travel pillow
- Identifiers and labelers
- Alerting indicators
- Braille watches

and more!

Read about Tony here...

Born in England in 1978, Tony was nine months old when it was discovered he had a rare genetic visual impairment.   Born with cone dystrophy and photophobia-- there were no color nerves in the back of his eyes.  This exposed the optic nerve to light, forcing him to spend much of his earlier life in darkness. Tony was given dark glasses to wear inside and outside until about the age of 15.  Around the age of 10, the light vision began to decrease.  On top of it all, at the age of 6, he was partially deaf in both ears.  At that time Tony was given analogue hearing aids.  Now he wears digital aids giving him back some hearing capacity in a quiet room with one-to-one conversation.  

At age 10, Tony attended boarding school for the blind and visually impaired which completely changed his life and helped him gain independence and mobility training.  He learned to use a long cane and navigate his way around, finding objects, crossing streets, going into shops, getting safely on buses and trains-- using public transportation to find locations.  His first travel adventure began on a school trip, visiting Boston, Massachusetts in 1995.  In 1998 he visited New York and Washington D.C., which lead to other trips to California, New Orleans and Hawaii with a fellow student from Australia. These trips completely sparked his desire for travel, besides the travel adventure stories told to him as a young boy by his father (who was in the merchant navy before Tony was born).  These stories excited him, planting the seed for future adventures.  Also spending time away from his family increased Tony's need to make frequent home visits, traveling back and forth independently.

Attending a mainstream college in 1998-2001 with students who were not blind and disabled, Tony was given a grant from his Local Education Authority to purchase computer equipment with speech software.  "I was a confident typist, having been taught touch typing at school, but speech screen-reading software was still at a reasonably early stage and I hadn’t been exposed too much at that point. I can touch type without speech, but having software that reads every letter I type and, the entire screen if I command it, makes studying, researching and writing much easier. I employed fellow students to help me research books, find quotations and correct my spelling and grammar. I have a scanner with speech software which allows me to read any typed text including my post (mail). This vital piece of equipment enabled me to function at the university at the same level as sighted students. I had to scan the books myself and then listen to the entire text. This took twice as long as a student reading with sight, but it made me more determined to learn."

Loving new adventures and exploring the unknown...

Between 2001-2002, Tony backpacked by himself without any aid to Australia, New Zealand, South Vietnam, and Thailand.  With complications of high blood pressure and kidney failure, he underwent a kidney transplant which took him three months to recover from.  Now in 2018, he has since traveled to over 130 countries around the world independently, not allowing his disabilities or health issues slow down his travels.  He travels nine months out of the year.

Providing mobility has been MaxiAids' priority in enhancing the independence of the blind and sight impaired.  Explore our range of mobility products, products for the blind, low vision products, low vision aids, blind accessories, and hearing amplification devices to help you to succeed in an active lifestyle. 

01 October, 2018

Wegman's Supermarket Chain offers the Blind a new "visionary" way to navigate and shop throughout their grocery stores

With lots of new technology and products that are offered today, people who are blind or have low vision now have choices and opportunities to improve their independence and shopping experience.

Wegmans SupermarketBlind Shoppers will now be able to navigate throughout the store, select items and complete purchases with ease.  With the aid of a smartphone app designed for the blind and visually impaired, Wegmans supermarket chain is offering this service free of charge, giving assistance to their blind and low vision shoppers for a stress free and positive shopping journey. They're the first supermarket to offer help for the blind and low vision customers to do their own grocery shopping based on the use of a smartphone camera. Live agents help track the client's shopping excursion throughout the store.  Trained professional agents help the shopper find specific items during their shopping trip, safely navigate their way around the aisles, and help to make purchases.  It turns front cameras on so the agent can see what the shopper is in view of.  Each agent is trained in orientation and mobility to help blind shoppers navigate in a safe and busy environment.  This gives real time visual descriptions to the blind shopper with the smartphone camera or a pair of smart glasses, receiving on-demand assistance.

How MaxiAids proudly serves the needs of the blind shopper

MaxiAids has been serving the blind and low vision community for over three decades, making available products for the blind, low vision aids, blind accessories and assistive technology.  We continuously look for products for those who are challenged with sight loss, and are pleased to offer many of these products to help conquer those day to day challenges.  Our shopping aid products and kitchen and cooking tools will surely help the complications and confusion that vision impaired people face on a daily basis.

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The iBill Talking Money Identifier gives a quick, easy, reliable way to identify the bills used to pay for items, as well as the change received  in stores, restaurants, or anywhere a person goes. When paper currency is inserted into the slot and the button is pressed, the iBill Talking Money Identifier announces the dollar amount in U.S. dollars.

Color Identifiers

MaxiAids offers Color Identifiers that check the color of clothes and the ripeness of fruit while shopping. When the identifier is held in front of almost any surface - paper, cloth, wood, plastic, etc., the color will be spoken. 

Identifiers are an important tool for those with low vision to be able to hear what the identifier sees, and the product comes in four different languages to choose from. 

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Product labelers are ideal products for the blind and visually impaired to help identify products at home by creating labels that can speak back to them. Audio labelers allow you to label anything and everything with discreet audio labels all in your own voice. They're used to label food/freezer items, film/music collections or household objects. Organize letters and other paperwork. Record shopping lists or leave audio messages, or use it as a portable note-taker.

Other labeling systems help label clothing items, kitchen spices, food items, vitamin and medicine bottles, household cleaners, files, or other items that may be difficult for the blind and visually impaired to distinguish from one another due to their similar (or identical) shapes.

MaxiAids offers assistive kitchen and cooking aids that will bring functionality and joy back into the kitchen. With talking measuring cups, talking scales, Braille microwave ovens, and many other blind accessories for cooking and food preparation, our assortment of low vision products and low vision aids for the home are sure to make life a little easier when cooking up a great meal!

MaxiAids offers many products that promote accessibility and independence to the blind and low vision community.  Look through our many products for the blind and visually impaired to make life more productive inside and out of the home.

04 September, 2018

Find Great Deals on Touch Watches at MaxiAids

Touch Watches Allow Low Vision Users to Hear Time Announced

Touch WatchesAs part of MaxiAids’ commitment to aid the visually impaired, blind and low vision in everyday life, we have everything you need to help you live a more active, healthy and independent lifestyle. With that said, we offer a large inventory of Touch Watches for both men and women. Talking Watches give users peace of mind knowing they can hear the time announced with the press of a button.

Simply checking the time is a luxury most of us take for granted. Telling time has become easier than ever with smartphones, tablets, computers and other forms of modern technology; we can glance over at our preferred method anytime we want to. However, telling time isn’t as easily accessible to the low vision community, which is why Touch Watches are rising in popularity.

MaxiAids offers Touch Watches in stylish designs and colors, that are user friendly and announce the time or date in a clear voice with just a touch of the watch face. In addition, our Touch Watches from Tel-Time offer an analog display and a large or extra large face for easy viewing. They look the same as your everyday watch, only offer features that give a sense of independence for those who are visually impaired.

Tel-Time women’s Touch Watches come in an assortment of colored bands that users can choose depending on their outfit or mood, such as aqua, blue, yellow, pink or white. The men’s Touch Watches come with a choice of expansion band, black rubber band or classic leather band.

We offer the lowest prices on the largest selection of low vision products for the blind and visually impaired. Our low vision devices include Braille products, canes, calendars, talking watches, computer products, magnifiers, music players/recorders, specialty sunglasses, and much more. MaxiAids has tools for the blind and those with low vision. Contact us today!

 

12 August, 2018

Top Ten Products for Back to School Shopping

It's time to think about back to school supplies and products that will help you succeed for a productive and stress-free school year.  For students with low vision, hearing impairment, and other special needs and challenges, we offer a wide selection of helpful product aids to insure confidence, independence and success inside and out of the classroom.

At MaxiAids, we'd like to suggest our top ten back to school product categories that will allow you to choose items for a much easier transition in establishing timely schedules, doing school work, and communicating effectively.  Read about our low vision back to school products, products for the blind and visually impaired, vision aids, hearing impaired devices, alerting devices and more.

1.  TALKING WATCHES AND VIBRATING WATCHES

Watches
Never be late for a class.  Developing strong time management skills will help lead to college success!  We offer a large variety of watch styles and features for blind and low vision students, as well as hearing impaired students.  Our popular talking watches for the blind and visually impaired come in many assortments to choose from.  Talking watches have clear time announcements, alarm settings, time, date and day of the week announcements, multi-language watches and Braille watches for the blind. There are vibrating watches with alarms, digital alarm watches, digital analog watches, silent alarm watches, and watches with big numbers.  Click on a link and explore! 

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2.  TALKING ALARMS, HEARING IMPAIRED ALARM CLOCKS, SILENT ALARM CLOCKS, VIBRATING ALARM CLOCKS WITH BED SHAKERS

Clocks

You won't oversleep with these vibrating alarm clocks, talking alarm clocks and bed shakers.  If you share a dorm room, the bed shaker alarm clock won't wake anyone else up but you.  Talking clocks will tell you the time at a push of a button, or by alarm.  There are so many to choose from for your specific, individual needs...  loud alarm clocks, vibrating alarm clocks, vibrating wristband alarm clocks, talking clocks, talking alarms, silent alarm clocks, sonic bomb alarm clocks, voice alarm clocks, and analog alarm clocks... ideal clocks for the visually impaired, blind and hearing impaired students. Choose a clock that will wake you up on time and keep you on schedule!

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Shop Talking Alarm Clocks

3.  TALKING CALCULATORS

Calculators
For the blind and visually impaired, we have low vision and talking calculators that read out loud accurate calculating results.  Choose from low vision talking scientific calculators, low vision scientific calculator with speech output, graphing calculators, talking calculators with alarm, English/Spanish calculators, business calculators, statistical talking calculators, calculators with ear buds, and calculators with repeat key.  There is a calculator for your specific subject matter.

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Shop Low Vision Calculators

4.  MAGNIFIERS AND READERS (ELECTRONIC MAGNIFIERS, HANDHELD VIDEO MAGNIFIERS, SCREEN READERS AND SCANNERS)

Scanners and Video Magnifiers
View text and photos more clearly.  Scan and hear documents.  Hear a natural sounding voice read back to you as you type. These electronic magnifiers, handheld video magnifiers, screen readers and scanners make it easier to see or hear. Magnify important information you do not want to miss. MaxiAids has low vision magnifiers which include screen magnifiers, page magnifiers, magnifiers for reading, electronic video magnifiers, computer screen magnifier glass, text-to-speech (reads text aloud), text-and-image screen magnification, intelligent screen reader with speech and Braille access for the blind or visually impaired.  Hear text read aloud with our scanners and book readers.  For the visually impaired or those with low vision, we have text-to-speech players, scanners that scan documents and will read back to you in different speeds and languages.  These low vision products are important, essential items to keep you on a successful school journey.  Choose the one that is best to help you with your academic success!  

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5.  AMPLIFIERS FOR HEARING

Personal Amplifiers
Improve speech understanding and amplify incoming sound.  Choose from a variety of amplifiers that are light and portable for hearing impaired students.  These amplifiers will help you to succeed academically and socially by being part of the conversation.   Search our website for products to enhance your school experience. 

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6.  VOICE RECORDERS

Voice Recorders
Dictate, transcribe, record-- your notes can be heard loud and clear and played back as needed.  They're perfect for recording class lectures and speeches.  Portable voice recorders can go with you anywhere.  Look at the variety of voice recorders to customize your individual recording needs in school.

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7.  TABLE LAMPS/LED LAMPS/MAGNIFYING LAMPS
Reduce glare, eyestrain, improve contrast, illuminate papers and work, magnify projects.  Choose from an assortment of lamps and lamp magnifiers to help achieve the right lighting and results needed for accomplishing your academic goals. 

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8.  KEYBOARDS
Every student has their own unique, individual needs.  Here at MaxiAids we love to provide products to make your school and college experience as smooth as possible.  We have chosen a variety of keyboards that are specially designed to meet those special needs.  Choose from our large assortment of keyboards and accessories.  There are wireless, Bluetooth technology keyboards, keyboards with large print lettering and high contrast keys, yellow keyboard, Braille keyboard, Braille keyboard overlays, big key keyboards, backlit keyboards, keyboard PC without monitor, keyboards for single handed users, left handed mouse user keyboard, Maltron keyboards for dual handed or left handed, and virtual keyboard.  These keyboards are designed for your specific typing needs for more efficiency, speed and accuracy.

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9.  WRITING RELATED PRODUCTS (BOLD WRITERS, C-PEN READER PEN SCANNER, C-PEN EXAM READER PEN, LOW VISION PAPER, WRITING GUIDES)

Reading and Writing
Easy to see bold writer pens are perfect for those with low vision and the visually impaired.  C-Pen reader pen scanner and C-Pen exam reader pen are pens that read printed text to speech.  The text to speech exam reader allows you to take an exam in the classroom with head phones plugged into the pen.  They're portable and allow for easy reading and listening.  Low vision paper contains bold black lines and helps for easier viewing and writing.  Writing guides help with writing accuracy and guidance.  Look to MaxiAids for all your reading and writing challenges!

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Shop the C-Pen Reader Pen Scanner

Shop the C-Pen Exam Reader Pen

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10.  LAP DESKS AND BOOK HOLDERS

Lap Desks and Book Holders
Our lap desks and book holders provide comfort and better positioning for reading, writing and studying.  Promote better posture, less neck pain, and a more relaxed feeling when concentration is required.  Lap desks and book holders are perfect for when you want to be in a more relaxed position while laying down, lounging around or in a sit up position.

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Look to MaxiAids for a confident, independent and successful school year!

02 August, 2018

College Success Tips for Students Faced with Disability Challenges

https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/ 

Easing the transition to college can be stressful, especially when faced with added challenges.  But also it can be exciting and rewarding when you are prepared and plan ahead.

For success and self-sufficiency within your college experience, it's important to find out about what accommodations and resources are available to you.  Residential advisors know how to serve all students, including those with disabilities.  It's important to know your rights and what responsibilities the college has to all disabled and physically challenged students.

To ease your way into dorm life, it's imperative to develop new skills before entering college.  It's a good idea to practice doing laundry, preparing food, managing money, etc.  Know how to do these basic skills beforehand will alleviate frustration.

Create a class schedule that allows you plenty of time to get from class to class.  Trace your path for familiarity and a less stressful experience.  Explore your strengths and difficulties and make a list.  Share your disability with your professors and investigate what assistive technology the college can provide to you before you attend your chosen school.  http://www.going-to-college.org/campuslife/technology.html

There are many products to assist you in the success of your college experience, helping you become learning independent, self-sufficient and confident.  After knowing what technology your college provides depending on your special needs, you can look to MaxiAids to further help you along in finding the right products and tools to help you achieve the learning success you dream of.

Blind & Low Vision Products  

Products for the Hearing Impaired & Deaf

Computer Products      

Mobility Products

Look for our 2018 back to school sale!

25 June, 2018

Take Your Medication On Time with Reizen’s Auto Pill Automatic Pill Dispenser

Automatic Pill Dispenser Guarantees Medication Compliance

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Life can get busy, which can interfere with taking medications on time. Medication can sometimes be the last thing on our minds when we have other daily responsibilities to worry about. Enter: Reizen’s Auto Pull Automatic Pill Dispenser.

Rely on this automatic pill dispenser to take your medication properly and on time by scheduling your daily doses with its built-in programmable timer. Created specifically to cater to the elderly, Alzheimer's patients, the low vision community and patients with complicated daily medical regimes, Reizen’s Auto Pill Automatic Pill Dispenser will dispense the right pills at the right time for your convenience.

Store up to six daily doses, holding each dose for up to two weeks. When it’s time to take your medication, the automatic pill dispenser will set off an alarm. Depending on the amount of medication you need to take, the auto pill dispenser has up to six alarms to alert you to take each and every medication. It’s important that your medication is stored and scheduled correctly, because the Reizen Auto Pill Automatic Pill Dispenser will only dispense the designated pill and dose it’s scheduled for.

At dose time, a flashing red LED signal and a loud beeping signal – available in three tones and six customizable alarms to choose from – will go off to notify you that it’s time to take your medication. If the medication is skipped, the auto pill dispenser will keep it safe in a secured locking system to prevent over-medication.

The Reizen Auto Pill Automatic Pill Dispenser allows for more independence and reduces the need for personnel to distribute medication. This product is perfect for both in-home care and for large caregiver facilities.

Chock full of products designed to help you with your medication, this section of our website will eliminate the worry of accidental over or under-medicating. Whether you take your medicine via pill, liquid or shot, we have the perfect item that can help you remember when to take it or help you administer it. Please take some time and review these categories to see how we can help you make medication an easier process.

25 June, 2018

People Under 30 Risk Going Deaf From Listening to Their Headphones Too Loudly

Warning to those who are under 30 and listen to loud music through their headphones regularly: you’re running the risk of going deaf.

Audiologist Robin Syed from London’s Central Middlesex hospital told the UK’s The Sun (https://nypost.com/2018/06/04/people-under-30-risk-going-deaf-from-their-headphones/) that extended exposure to sound at decibels that high is risky over time and precautions should be taken to lessen the risk of problems later in life.

It’s commonplace for under 30-year-olds to crank up the sound on their headphones, especially the cheap variety that forces the volume to go up even further, often peaking at 120-decibels. This sound level is equivalent to a jet taking off, and can cause hearing loss, tinnitus or other hearing-related issues over time.

“It’s not hard to imagine what prolonged exposure to that noise is going to do. The sort of hearing loss we are treating today would have largely seen in the over 50s, 10 or 20 years ago,” Syed explained. “By the time people come to us the damage has been done. We can only advise on how to prevent further hearing loss.”

It’s advised that listening to loud music over 100-decibels should only be listened to for 15 minutes at a time, but with the popularity of concerts and nightclubs, young people are far exceeding that time period and therefore, putting themselves at risk.

With an entire generation at risk, it’s important for young people to be educated on how to prevent hearing loss over time. Syed suggested placing warning labels on headphone packages to increase the education of hearing loss risks. “There has to be some sort of regulation brought in to make sure all headphones are up to an acceptable standard,” she said.

Check out these products that are also improving the lives of people who are hearing impaired.

25 February, 2018

Blind Veteran Helps Social Media Users Interact with Visually Impaired Community

Rob Long is a 30-year-old blind veteran who lost both his eyes during combat in Afghanistan. Long, now a Brazilian jiujitsu competitor, went viral with a tweet that helps people understand how blind users navigate the social media world. The tweet introduced the concept of image captioning capabilities, which reads blind users like himself descriptions of photos posted to social media platforms.

Long describes himself as an avid social media user, using platforms like Twitter and Facebook regularly, just like most of his peers. In fact, he told BuzzFeed (https://www.buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/what-its-like-navigating-social-media-as-a-blind-person?utm_term=.cb6RPGjVa#.qs0aq4YLn) that technology has "raised my standard of living” in recent years, due to the emergence of image captioning tools. Long described how to use these tools in viral tweet read by millions in early January 2018.

 

The tweet was read by over 24 million people and retweeted 146,000 times to date. It introduced image captioning to many social media users who weren’t aware it existed, which he said “helps normalize social media use” for blind users. All users have to do is enable the "compose image description" feature in Settings > Accessibility, then they’re given the option to write descriptions for any images they tweet. Blind users are then able to get a description of the image transcribed aloud to them when they scroll through their Twitter feed. Twitter describes the feature under Learn More: “When you Tweet photos using the Twitter app for iOS or Android, or on twitter.com, you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to people who are visually impaired.”

Long continued to tell BuzzFeed, "At the moment I scroll through Twitter and Facebook and I don't feel blind. I know I don't get exactly what everyone else is getting but I don't feel like I'm missing out or I don't understand the context of a post."

While Twitter is the easiest social media platform for blind users to interact with because of its use of image captioning, Facebook is a close second. Long explained that Facebook uses AI bots to interpret photos for him, although the technology hasn’t been perfected yet. One platform Long says doesn’t have any image captioning capabilities or AI bots to interpret photos is the visual-heavy Instagram.

While image captioning has given Long a new sense of independence in today’s social media-dependent world, his introduction of the tool to many new people allows us to do our part to help the low vision community interact on social media platforms

Take a look at these products that are currently improving the lives of people who are blind or have low vision.

04 February, 2018

Eye Tips from Lighthouse Guild for Low Vision Awareness Month

Here are some everyday eye tips in honor of February being Low Vision Awareness Month! Keeping eyes healthy is important at any age, beginning with young children. Lighthouse Guild, the leading not-for-profit vision, and healthcare organization are advising everyone to schedule regular screenings and comprehensive eye examinations.

Lighthouse Guild offers the following tips:

Get regular eye exams.
Vision screenings and eye exams are critical to maintaining eye health. Comprehensive dilated eye exams for adults can help detect glaucoma, macular degeneration and other serious eye diseases that can lead to blindness. Vision screenings can help detect problems, such amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, in children.
 Get high-quality eye charts for checking visual acuity here.

Speak up if your vision changes.
If you notice blurry spots, blurred vision, halos surrounding lights, eyes that itch or burn, black spots or "floaters," double vision, tearing or watering eyes, or if you find yourself squinting or having trouble reading or watching television, it's time to make an appointment. An eye doctor should be made aware of any gradual changes in your vision so the necessary action can be taken to maintain eye health.

Seek urgent care.
Seek urgent care if you experience sudden and/or severe eye pain, sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, light flashes, or if your eyes turn bright red. Any of these could indicate a severe problem and should be addressed immediately.

Get UV-protected sunglasses. 
Tinted glasses will not necessarily protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. It is important to get good quality eyewear that provides both UVA and UVB coverage to protect your eyes properly. 
Get UV glasses here.

Give your eyes a rest from the effects of digital eyestrain. 
This type of eye strain—also known as computer vision syndrome—doesn't permanently damage eyesight, but symptoms could include burning or tired eyes, headaches, neck pain, fatigue, blurred or double vision. To rest your eyes, it's good to look up from your work every 20 minutes, focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds (the 20-20-20 rule).
 Get your computer, phone, and tablet light protectors here.

Dr. Laura Sperazza, Director of Low Vision Services at Lighthouse Guild, says, "The most important thing you can do to protect your vision is to get an eye exam.  If you find out you're in the early stages of an eye disease, your eye care professional will help you maintain the highest possible level of eye health and visual function."

Informational article: Lighthouse Guild/PRNewswire

Product links: MaxiAids

Photo courtesy: Allaboutvision.com

07 January, 2018

Low vision, Blindness Population Expected to Double in Next 30 Years

 

In the next 30 years, the blind and low vision population is expected to double amongst people 45 and older, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University. Researchers hope this new data will influence lawmakers to meet the growing demand for low vision services in the U.S. The new study was published last quarter in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Data about the low vision and blind population haven’t been recorded in nearly 20 years. The last United States Census data was collected in 2000. This new study, called Estimates of Incidence and Prevalence of Visual Impairment, Low Vision, and Blindness in the United States, examined findings from 6,016 participants who participated in the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. However, researchers did not account for information on any visual field testing or from institutionalized individuals.

Lead author of the study, Tiffany Chan, OD, explained, “These updated results may help policymakers plan for the future and decide how to allocate resources to help people with loss of vision, an often life-changing issue. We expect a greater need for services for those patients with low vision as the aging population increases over the next several decades."

Out of the 6,016 people surveyed, 28.4% were younger than 18, 39.1% were 18 to 44 years old and 32.3% were 45 or older. The study looked at the prevalence and incident rates of low vision and blindness in the U.S., meaning the number of current cases and the number of cases that will develop over time. In the 45 and older age group, the estimated prevalence of best-corrected visual acuity less than 20/40 is expected to increase from 3,894,406 in 2017 to 7,594,797 in 2050. Meanwhile, the incidence of best-corrected visual acuity less than 20/40 in this age group is expected to increase from 481,970 new cases in 2017 to 1,006,711 in 2050. The number of cases of legal blindness will increase from 134,002 in 2017 to 279,900 in 2050.

Low vision and blindness is often a life-changing impairment, with the potential to interfere with everyday activities. Researchers hope this study will ignite change for people who need vision services.

Until then, the blind and low vision community can confidently depend on MaxiAids for all of their vision-based needs. An industry-leading product provider for the blind and visually impaired, MaxiAids will continue to serve this community and offer independence-enabling products and services. 

Take a look at these products that are currently improving the lives of people who are blind or have low vision.