Dr. Chantal Overvliet, of the Oculus Vision Centre in Windhoek, is the sole optometrist providing low vision care in all of Namibia. After learning of the urgent needs of the 132 children at the country’s only school for the visually impaired, she and her business partner and Low Vision assistant, Michelle Opperman, created a non-profit project to provide high-level low vision testing and products to the students. The school’s principal, Smithly Engelbrecht, said he was... READ MORE.
PRESS RELEASE February 12, 2020 For more information contact: Sarah Lovejoy firstname.lastname@example.org www.ocutech.com 919 967 6460 OCUTECH, Inc., the worldwide leader in developing advanced bioptic telescopes for the visually impaired, has released a special video called “Open Your World with Low Vision Care” in celebration of Low Vision Awareness and Macular Degeneration month. Over 5 million individuals in the US alone have reduced vision from disease, injury or genetic disorders. Low vision is not improvable... READ MORE.
Perhaps the most challenging visual impairments to address in low vision care are disorders affecting peripheral vision such as RP, Choroideremia and late stage glaucoma. Peripheral vision is associated with motion detection and seeing in low illumination. As a result, and as we know, individuals with constricted visual fields will have difficulty traveling independently as well as having very reduced ‘night vision.’ Tunnel vision functional issues The functional challenges encountered with tunnel vision usually fall... READ MORE.
It’s common knowledge that regular exercise improves your quality of life. Exercise helps with weight management, stress reduction, mental clarity, disease prevention, and dozens of other aspects of life that contribute to your quality of life. However, few people know that regular exercise also improves eye health and can help prevent eye disease. Reduce Risk of Glaucoma by 25% According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), moderate exercise can lower intraocular pressure (IOP) and... READ MORE.
Hello from Ocutech! It’s been a while since we have had a chance to post and we are excited to get back into sharing stories about low vision patients from around the world. In this interview, we touch on several of aspects of Patrick’s life including how his parents raised him to look past his eye condition and embrace the world for everything it has to offer. We discuss wearing assistive devices in public and... READ MORE.
Learn about the latest updates in medical and genetic treatments for retinal disorders, the availability of visual aid devices for respective varying conditions and get the answers to all your low vision questions. More than four million Americans over the age of 40 are visually impaired, and that population is estimated to nearly double by 2030. To call attention to visual impairment, the National Eye Institute marks Low Vision Awareness Month every February to highlight... READ MORE.
Mr. Bill Feimster, drafted just as he turned 18 to serve in the Philippines during WWII, came back to North Carolina to marry the woman he called “the most beautiful girl in the world.” He became a mechanic and was happily married for 54 years. Unfortunately, Bill developed macular degeneration losing most of the vision in his right eye. With modern medical treatment he has been able to keep enough vision in his left eye... READ MORE.
Losing one’s drivers license or never being eligible for one because of reduced vision is undoubtedly a bummer. There are ways to get around without driving yourself, but the independence and enhanced quality of life one gains from being able to drive (not to mention the ‘right of passage’ of a driver’s license for teenagers) is hard to argue. Most US states have adopted bioptic driving laws, allowing individuals with a certain acuity and degree... READ MORE.
What follows is an open letter I wrote to the Stargardt’s Disease Facebook page, which I would like to share with everyone. Dear Stargardt Disease (SD) FaceBook members, I have been following the Stargardt’s FaceBook page for several months now, and I have begun to feel that after your diagnosis has been made, you have been pretty much left on your own—perhaps after being told that there are no cures and nothing else can be... READ MORE.
In August of 2003 (while pregnant with my son Micah), I was diagnosed with Pseudotumor Cerebri/Intracranial Hypertension. Basically, spinal fluid leaks into my brain and causes too much pressure (severe headaches that make migraines feel like a walk in the park). The fluid damaged my optic nerves and macula, leaving me legally blind .... READ MORE.