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November is National Diabetes Month

VisionAware Is Full of Information and Resources On Diabetes and Vision Loss Read about diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Find out how to monitor your diabetes. Read about the difference between hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Check out our Diabetes Guides in English and Spanish. Read Personal … Continued

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in October. The first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed in 1987; in 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Statistics The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) estimates that 10 million U.S. men and women … Continued

White Cane Safety Day October 15

October 15 is White Cane Safety Day. White Cane Safety Day is observed annually to recognize the achievements of people who are blind or visually and as a tool promoting independent travel. White Cane Safety Day was first officially observed in 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson first proclaimed the day. Many people believe each state’s … Continued

5 Lessons from a Blind Pioneer: Fanny Crosby’s Story

While you are probably familiar with Helen Keller and some of her achievements, do you know about Fanny Crosby? Fanny, whose formal name was Frances Jane van Alstyne (nee Crosby), preceded Helen Keller by about 60 years, living between 1820 and 1915. Like Helen, Fanny was well-known during her lifetime. Similarly, she left a lasting … Continued

Instant Pot: A Tool for the Blind or Visually Impaired Cook

The Instant Pot, a Magnificent Obsession By Jeannie Johnson This would make an excellent Mother’s Day present. Here are some other great Mother’s Day gift ideas! The Instant Pot is one of the latest cooking crazes, and with good reason! Actually, it is just one of many brands of a small kitchen appliance called a … Continued

Two Awesome Reading Apps

How Myopic Degeneration Affected My Vision Twenty-five years ago, a doctor diagnosed the little spot in the center of my vision as a retinal bleed from macular degeneration. The spot could hide a stop light when looking down the road. I was 34 years old at the time, and this has since been re-diagnosed as … Continued

Luxturna, Gene Therapy and Your Inherited Retinal Disease

Caption: Scene as Viewed by Person with Retinitis Pigmentosa In December 2017, news broke to great fanfare that the FDA had approved the first ever gene therapy for a genetic disease. Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl) had been proven to restore vision in people living with inherited retinal diseases. Stories about children seeing their parents’ faces for … Continued