February 2015
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                                                  NEW BEGINNINGS


As 2015 is gaining more ground, we are faced with another new beginning. This year at Low Vision Technologies, we are going to focus more on nutrition. After living with low vision for more than 20 years, I truly believe that nutrition plays a major role when it comes to our sight. Of course, we still have all of the latest technologies as well as the newest apps available to explore.


In addition, the New Year will begin with some of the newest, most innovative studies going on around the globe. These include a sneak peek into the future with new gene studies, as well as new doors opened on past studies. 


There is a never-ending array of studies and research being brought forward to analyze and place into our portfolio. It can seem very overwhelming at times, but if we are going to move forward we need to walk through these doors.


Happy New Year: here's to new beginnings.


Richard Slinde


                                                  FEATURED RECIPE



Salmon is known for its vision-rich benefits, including omega 3s DHA and EPA. Try your hand at this easy and appealing Smoked Salmon Pizza with Dill and Lemon:



Cooking spray

2/3 cup fat-free sour cream

3 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

2 tsp. lemon zest

1 clove of garlic, minced

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Black pepper

1 standard, 13.8 ounce can ofrefrigerated pizza crust (such as Pillsbury Pizza Crust Classic)

1 cup red onion, thinly sliced

6 ounces smoked salmon, thinly sliced

1/4 cup peeled cucumber, thinly sliced



1. With the cooking spray, coat a pizza pan or cookie sheet, then set aside. Preheat the oven to 425F.

2. In a small dish, mix the first six ingredients (sour cream, dill, lemon zest, garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper). Set the dish aside to let the flavors blend. 

3. Remove the dough from the tube and knead until smooth. Roll the dough into a ball, then spread it on the pizza pan or cookie sheet until approximately 12" round in diameter.

4. Sprinkle the onion evenly over the top and bake the crust for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.

5. Spread the sour cream mixture evenly over the crust, and then top with salmon and cucumbers and enjoy!


This recipe is reprinted courtesy of the American Optometric Association.

                                                STUDIES AND TRIALS


Learning more about the latest advanced vision research is easier than you might think. The National Eye Institute responds to requests for information on vision research and eye diseases. The U.S. government hosts a clinical trials database, where you can search for current studies related to a specific disease, such as age-related macular degeneration. Finally, the Stem Cells, Inc., research site is frequently updated with current news, presentations, and events.



                                         UPDATE TO OrCam


As promised, here is my update on OrCam. This technology is going to revolutionize this industry, and future further advances include facial recognition, which will arrive soon for the device. I have placed my order for the OrCam device, and I can't wait to receive it. It will now be possible to read restaurant menus, books, magazines, and even the emails on my phone. Shopping will also be much easier, since I will be able to read the labels and price tags on items. I can also use the device when I am out walking or on my bike. Even the airport should be much easier to maneuver through. I've included the email from OrCam below, and I will keep you apprised of my progress from beginning to hopefully never the end. Watch the latest video here.

How OrCam Works - Vision
How OrCam Works - Vision


From OrCam:

Thank you for joining the waitlist!The number of responses we've received has been overwhelming. We will get back to you once an OrCam device becomes available, and we appreciate your patience as we work to fulfill all of our waitlist requests.

Best Regards,

The OrCam Team






The latest release for Trekker Breeze, version 2.0, contains numerous updates to make navigation even easier. Entered addresses will now be saved as landmarks, and you can also import addresses and points of interest (P.O.I.) directly from your PC to save on the Breeze. The new backtracking features remember pedestrian tracks even if the device is turned off and back on, and all recorded routes can be easily activated in the reverse direction. The Trekker Breeze 2.0 also includes a pedometer, and it is now easier to download upgrades directly to the device. All of these upgrades make traveling and exploring much easier.





                                       LOW VISION AUDIO ADDITION


A new audio has been added to our low vision audio page that I know you will want to listen to. It comes to us from Hadley School For The Blind, and the subject is Audiobooks, Apps and Assistance: A Library of Possibilities. It discusses the National Library Service and is the best in-depth information on the NLS that I have ever received. If you love to read and miss your newspaper or magazines, then you need to listen to this information.



                                          APP LIBRARY ADDITION


Spotlight Text is a new ebook reader app developed specifically for users with vision loss. The app makes it easy to increase and decrease the on-screen text size, or you can connect the device to a television to expand the viewing field. Other in-app reading modes include the "marquee" mode, a dynamic text presentation that allows you to fixate on a single point as the text moves past. In addition, you will have access to over 250,000 books through the Bookshare digital library, which is frequently updated with the latest bestsellers. 




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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