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#Blindness

From TheJournal.ie Bye-bye bifocals, hello bionic eyes: the future of seeing and hearing Future Focus

Bye-bye bifocals, hello bionic eyes: the future of seeing and hearing

Plus how Amazon’s Alexa could be literally inside your ear.

From TheJournal.ie 'I don’t know any different': Former Voice of Ireland star refuses to let sight loss hold her back Cone Dystrophy

'I don’t know any different': Former Voice of Ireland star refuses to let sight loss hold her back

Rebecca Kelly and three other members of her family live with visual impairment.

From TheJournal.ie 'People always say my dad is amazing. He's not, he's just blind' Challenging Perceptions

'People always say my dad is amazing. He's not, he's just blind'

A new play aims to challenge perceptions about people with disabilities.

From TheJournal.ie 'It puts holes in the retina': Thousands at risk of blindness due to diabetes-linked eye disease World Sight Day

'It puts holes in the retina': Thousands at risk of blindness due to diabetes-linked eye disease

“People absolutely take their eyesight for granted until there’s a problem,” Stephen Duffy said.

From TheJournal.ie The number of blind people in the world is set to triple by 2050 Threefold Increase

The number of blind people in the world is set to triple by 2050

That is according to a new study, which said more than 115 million people will be blind by the middle of this century.

From TheJournal.ie 'Technology is the great equaliser' - how two apps for those with impaired sight are levelling the playing field Making A Difference

'Technology is the great equaliser' - how two apps for those with impaired sight are levelling the playing field

The two apps have been developed in conjunction with National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).

From TheJournal.ie Using your smartphone at night could make you temporarily blind Put The Phone Down

Using your smartphone at night could make you temporarily blind

This week, a woman from Fermanagh described her experience of Transient Smartphone Blindness.

From TheJournal.ie Breakthrough as 'bionic eye' restores sight in blind patients Second Sight This post contains videos

Breakthrough as 'bionic eye' restores sight in blind patients

A new clinical trial has given hope to people with sight loss.

From TheJournal.ie My 2014: I met the Taoiseach, President Obama, and put spinal injuries on the global agenda My 2014

My 2014: I met the Taoiseach, President Obama, and put spinal injuries on the global agenda

I may no longer be the adventure athlete I was before I broke my back, but I am now an explorer searching for a cure for spinal cord injuries.

From TheJournal.ie 'Exciting step forward' as human embryo stem cell transplant restores sight in patients Blindness

'Exciting step forward' as human embryo stem cell transplant restores sight in patients

No safety concerns were detected up to 22 months after the transplant.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Losing my sight at 23 was traumatic, but my dog is with me every step of the way Opinion

Opinion: Losing my sight at 23 was traumatic, but my dog is with me every step of the way

What my sight loss has shown me is that we can’t control what happens to us – we can only control how we deal with it.

From TheJournal.ie Calls for measures to be introduced to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020 Don't Turn A Blind Eye

Calls for measures to be introduced to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020

There are currently more than 220,000 people in Ireland who are blind or vision impaired.

From TheJournal.ie 'I went to look at myself in the mirror and I couldn’t see my face' Diabetes

'I went to look at myself in the mirror and I couldn’t see my face'

Joe McPhilips has told the story of how he went blind, in the hope of reminding people of the importance of correctly managing their diabetes.

From TheJournal.ie Have you had an eye test in the last two years? Half of people in Ireland haven't Awareness

Have you had an eye test in the last two years? Half of people in Ireland haven't

A fifth have never had a sight test at all.

From TheJournal.ie Irish people going blind waiting for cataract surgery PREVENTABLE

Irish people going blind waiting for cataract surgery

Ireland could save €76 million annually if earlier intervention was prioritised.

From TheJournal.ie Trinity researchers make blindness breakthrough Discovery

Trinity researchers make blindness breakthrough

The researchers looked at age-related macular degeneration, which causes blindness in sufferers.

From TheJournal.ie These are the sights Irish people would miss most Eyes Wide Open This post contains images

These are the sights Irish people would miss most

Sightsavers asks people to take snaps of things they would miss being able to see were they to lose their vision… this is the result.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why are over two thirds of blind people in the world women? Opinion

Column: Why are over two thirds of blind people in the world women?

It’s unimaginable to many in the developed world that a person could be last in line for medical care and education simply because of gender – but for millions of women this is the stark reality, writes Michael Marren.

From TheJournal.ie Column: I went blind at 14 – but my guide dog Miles has changed my life Opinion

Column: I went blind at 14 – but my guide dog Miles has changed my life

Kevin Kelly was plunged into a world of darkness when he went completely blind at just 14, but thanks to his companion Miles he has been able to obtain a Master’s degree and pursue the career he wanted.

Which noises sound good to a blind person?

The things that sound best when you can’t see.

From TheJournal.ie Blind people have the potential to use their 'inner bat' to locate objects Bat Signal

Blind people have the potential to use their 'inner bat' to locate objects

Researchers are now looking at developing training programmes and assistive devices for blind people using the data.

From TheJournal.ie FLAC says 'Jury Service' report should include deaf and blind people Jury Duty

FLAC says 'Jury Service' report should include deaf and blind people

While the report expressed concerns over interpreters being present for jury discussion, FLAC have said that deaf and blind people should still be able to take part in non-criminal trials.

From TheJournal.ie Want to be blindfolded - in the name of entertainment? Sensory

Want to be blindfolded - in the name of entertainment?

250 people will be blindfolded while at a fundraising event this month, which is being held to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration.

From TheJournal.ie Three blind mice? New chemical helps sightless mice to see – US study Sight

Three blind mice? New chemical helps sightless mice to see – US study

The findings offer hope of a treatment that could eventually help people who are blind.

From TheJournal.ie Blind community to blitz Irish Rail with protest texts Irish Rail

Blind community to blitz Irish Rail with protest texts

Two staffers at Irish Rail are due to be inundated with texts about the poor quality of audible announcements on Irish trains.

From TheJournal.ie Sight loss most common fear for the over-50s Sight Loss

Sight loss most common fear for the over-50s

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may not as well known as other eye diseases, but it is the most common cause of registered blindness in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Vision chip helps blind people to see again Vision

Vision chip helps blind people to see again

A pioneering new technology brings “the realms of science fiction” into the lives of people devastated by blindness.