Wed, 23 Jul 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida
With over 2,000 cases reported each year, uveal melanoma, or melanoma of the eye, is the most common form of eye cancer for adults in the United States. Once diagnosed with this disease the patient will have to undergo radiation therapy and eventually have their eye surgically removed to prevent the cancer from spreading. This heartbreaking treatment has been the only option until a recent discovery by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida
The world of 3D printing continues to create new and efficient options in the manufacturing process. Computers are used to design a product, which is then sent to a 3D printer and within minutes, a tangible plastic product is formed. This innovation has created a host of new and affordable products, including cell phones with customized button surfaces.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida
Why lend a hand when you can lend an arm? A group of Maryland high school students recently asked, and answered, that same question. As part of a group project, the teens created a special guide arm that allows individuals who are blind or have a visual impairment to operate manufacturing equipment. This simple addition to the machines has opened up new job possibilities for employees. It even caught the attention of AbilityOne, a federal government commission that works to create opportunities for individuals with limited or no vision.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida
The Mac vs. PC debate rages on with both sides offering passionate opinions. Take the debate into the realm of accessibility and you’ve got a whole new discussion on your hands. When it comes to the best machine for an individual with low or no vision, you’ve got to think beyond style and status, to functionality and ease of use. Let’s throw them into the ring and see who comes out on top. Ding!
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida
The average individual probably believes that the eyes of a person with no vision are incapable of responding to light and other visual stimuli. However, a recent study performed by researchers at the University of Montreal had surprising results.
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida
The tales of science fiction are knocking at our twenty-first century door. The dreams and predictions of a completely bionic man are moving ever closer as scientists and researchers perfect robotic and electronic prosthetics. One such device, the bionic eye, has already been implanted in more than a dozen recipients around the world. Roger Pontz of Michigan is one of those lucky few and at age 55 he’s seeing things that he hasn’t seen in years.
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida
It’s almost two hours into the latest action movie and the suspense has been building to this pivotal fight scene. The hero meets his match and the story plays out in a battle of hand-to-hand combat. It’s exciting, edge-of-your-seat action but for someone who is blind, this scene isn’t the crescendo that it should be. Only the sounds of fists making contact followed by grunts and snorts can be heard, but who’s hitting whom? Is our hero getting the upper hand?...
Tue, 27 May 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida
Regardless of who we are, from an early age there’s a spirit of independence running through each of us. No one wants to feel restricted or hopeless in the face of a challenge, they want to feel empowered and self-sufficient! While many people who are blind or have a visual impairment appreciate the assistance of a seeing eye dog or human guide, at times this reliance can feel like a threat to their independence. The rise of the smartphone is helping to change that and greater independence can be found in the palm of your hand.