November 2014
Fight Back Today with Low Vision Technologies!

Happy Thanksgiving! This holiday is rich with tradition, with roots that began in 1620 when a group of individuals set sail from England and landed here. They became the founding pilgrims of what is now the United States, but their early years here were not without difficulty. Most of the pilgrims died, but the survivors preserved and restarted at Plymouth. After the first successful harvest in 1621, these pilgrims celebrated a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for His provisions. Thanksgiving has been celebrated in some capacity every day since, although President Lincoln was the first to proclaim Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. 


Today, Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November each year, and the festivities include parades, football, time with friends and family, and a turkey dinner as the centerpiece. This day may mean different things to different people, but the intention is the same: to appreciate the treasured people in our lives, and to thank God for giving us this life. People may celebrate in different ways, with a variety of side dishes, games, story-telling sessions, and cards. If you want to thank someone in your life, consider writing a special message in a Thanksgiving Day card, especially if you cannot be with him or her on this meaningful holiday.

check out this great turkey recipe.





Morning After breakfast recipe


November's newsletter is so full of great information that there is not room to include this month's recipe. Still, we have included a link if you are interested in making a light, healthy breakfast after feasting all day on Thanksgiving. Simply visit the American Optometric Association‚€™s website for directions on making an easy, creamy orange-cherry oatmeal. 



Dr. Edward Paul, OD, PhD

Recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on macular degeneration, eye disease and nutrition, Dr. Edward Paul is the researcher and inventor of the patented TOZAL Comprehensive Eye Health Formula, a prescription eye vitamin for the prevention and treatment of macular degeneration.

Dr. Paul has been in private practice in for more than 25 years helping people to see better and live healthier lives through a combination of traditional and alternative medicine. It was through his treatment of patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration that he developed the revolutionary TOZAL formula, which was the focus of a landmark study published in 2007 in the British medical journal BMC Ophthalmology.

A graduate of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Paul completed his internship training at Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and St. Luke's Eye Institute in Tarpon Springs, Florida. In addition to his doctorate in optometry, Dr. Paul also holds a Ph.D. in nutrition. He is considered by his peers and colleagues as a leading clinician and educator whose approach to eye-care is years ahead of the conventional medical establishment. In addition to TOZAL, Dr. Paul holds multiple U.S. and international patents on pharmaceutical agents and medical devices used in eye-care practices all over the world. He has been recognized by the Consumers' Research Council of America as one of the nation's top optometrists and is one of only 30 eye physicians in the United States to be selected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists.

Beyond his research and medical practice, Dr. Paul is the author of several books, including "Conquering Macular Degeneration" and "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health." Furthermore, he serves as a contributing writer for several national medical magazines and is a frequent guest on television and radio programs. He was recently featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX for his work in low vision rehabilitation and macular degeneration.




Tech News You Need to Know: Information aboutiOS 8 Accessibility


If you have an iPhone, it probably keeps prompting you to update your operating system to the new version, iOS 8. Whether or not you already made the switch, you should know how the new operating system is making strides with improved accessibility for low-vision, blind, and deaf users. To learn more about the subject, here is an article on AppleVis.


 Can iPads Detect Glaucoma?

 Technology continues to grow and develop by leaps and bounds, as proven by a recent study presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting this year. The combined researchers for this study come from the universities of Iowa, Maryland, and Michigan as well as Johns Hopkins University and the Tilganga Eye Institute in Nepal. The study screened about 200 patients in Nepal for glaucoma using a peripheral vision assessment test on a free iPad app. The ability to screen for diseases in their early stages by using mobile apps could be life changing, especially for the thousands of people in countries like Nepalwho do not have access to traditional eye care.


 Treating Blindness with Stem Cells: A New Study

A recent discovery by scientists and researchers at the University of Southampton indicates that a region on the front of the eye has certain stem cells that, pending further study, could be used to treat blinding eye conditions. This fascinating study could lead to numerous new treatments for debilitating diseases such as macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness. 

Read more here.


Have You Considered What Apps Can Help You Do?

Audio books, note takers, eye training exercises, talking readers, and more: did you know there is an app for almost anything you need? Low Vision Apps include these and more, such as navigation tools, money readers, and magnifiers. You can also find label and barcode readers, which are ideal for use at home, in stores, and just about anywhere.


The Apple app store is easy to use, and everything you choose is available for immediate download. See how apps can change your life!


Low Vision Applications

Magnify Glass 32xis a magnifier that helps you read and see applications on your phone better. You can also use the magnifier when you go to the store and need to read a label or view the price on something.  


Low vision applications come in handy and will provide you with the extra vision that you need to easily be able to see the important things.

Get Your Life Back Today
Start feeling better about yourself and using devices and programs to help you see better. You will feel more confident and you will be able to be more independent. Being able to rely on yourself once again is a huge feat and accomplishing daily activities is one step in the right direction.


Richard Slinde

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