Tag: blind

Redefining Vision: Renee’s Story

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Meet Renee Emmerson. Renee began working for VSP Vision Care in 2010 as a customer care representative at our national call center in Columbus, Ohio. Four years later, she was diagnosed with Basal Laminar Drusen, a condition that mimics macular degeneration and causes irreversible vision loss. Today, at just 40 years old, Renee is blind. But Read More »

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Running for a Cause: The 2014 Boston Marathon

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This is a follow up to a previous post on deaf-blind marathon runner and Team Eye and Ear member Bill Barkeley. Last week’s Boston Marathon was especially significant—besides marking one year after the tragic bombings, the marathon’s winner was the first American man to do so since 1983. In addition, more than 100 members of Read More »

USABA Marathon Veteran Athlete Profile: Inspiration and Perspective

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Today’s post was written by military veteran Richard Hunter, who will be a runner in the December 2013 United States Association of Blind Athletes Marathon National Championships at the California International Marathon in Sacramento. The USABA National Marathon Championships, sponsored by VSP Vision Care, has a much broader impact than most can even fathom. Each Read More »

USABA Marathon Athlete Profile: Expect the Unexpected

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Today’s post was written by Aaron Scheidies, who will be a runner in the December 2013 United States Association of Blind Athletes Marathon National Championships at the California International Marathon in Sacramento. The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) National Marathon Championships, which is sponsored by VSP Vision Care, takes place within the California Read More »

What Every Cyclist Should Know

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Imagine riding your bicycle for 200 miles over three days. Shouldn’t anyone have a chance to do that? Thanks to the Blind Stokers Club of San Diego, several blind or visually impaired riders have the opportunity to ride on tandem bicycles. Each team of tandem riders includes a captain in the front and stoker in Read More »

Braille Literacy Month: Connecting the Dots

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Have you ever learned a new language? Tried to read music? Practiced sign language? Then you know the difficulty that comes with communicating in a different way, but what if you took your sight out of the equation? January is Braille literacy month. Braille is a method of communicating written information—like music, numbers and languages—to individuals Read More »

Once-Blind Mice Demonstrate How Scientists Can Restore Vision in Blind Humans

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According to an ABC News article, researchers may have discovered a way to help patients with disabling eye diseases finally see. Robert MacLaren, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Oxford, and his colleagues transplanted a large number of photoreceptor precursor cells into the eyes of mice suffering from retinal degeneration.  These blind mice represent Read More »