The Effects of Macular Degeneration and What to do About it!

Posted by Luke Scriven on 1/17/2019
Age related eye diseases are the most common cause of visual impairment in America (https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/basics/ced/index.html), and macular degeneration is an eye disease which is particularly common among our patients at The Chicago Lighthouse. As macular degeneration is age related, you are more likely to experience it as you age, and as it is a degenerative condition the disease will get progressively worsen over time. So with that in mind, how does macular degeneration effect your vision, and what can you do about it? 

eSight Price Drop!

Posted by Luke Scriven on 1/10/2019
eSight has been a leader in bringing electronic wearable technology to people with a visual impairment, but their devices have always been out of reach for some because of their price. Now, with the low vision wearable market getting more competitive every day, eSight have risen to the challenge and made a huge cut to the price of their eSight 3 device!

Assistive Technology Sales Nearly Over!

Posted by Luke Scriven on 12/26/2018
Christmas day is done and the Holiday season is nearly over...but it's not done yet!

Reading when you're visually impaired

Posted by Luke Scriven on 12/18/2018
When you have a visual impairment, it may seem that you will never be able to read again, and that can be a bitter pill to swallow. We rely on reading every day - whether it is reading for practical purposes such as reading our mail and reading restaurant menus, or reading for pleasure such as books and magazines. That's why reading is the number one thing that people come to us for help with in The Chicago Lighthouse's Assistive Technology Center. Luckily, there are a number of different devices available to help with this very problem!

The Holidays are Here!

Posted by Luke Scriven on 12/11/2018
The holidays are here right on time, and with them comes the question of what to buy for friends and family. Luckily, The Chicago Lighthouse is here to help! We have lots of great gift ideas available for the special person with a visual impairment in your life, from inexpensive everyday items all the way up to the latest assistive technologies. Here's some great gift ideas for this season!

Orcam MyEye 2.0 - A New Generation of OCR

Posted by Luke Scriven on 12/5/2018
The Orcam 2.0 has released, the latest generation of OCR/TTS devices from Orcam. But what is OCR/TTS I hear you ask? Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Text-to-Speech (TTS) are the technologies which allow a device to take a picture of a page of text and read it aloud to you. Sound futuristic? This technology has been around since the 1970s, but Orcam have taken it to a new level with their 2.0 models. 
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