Affecting millions of Americans, vision loss is as varied as the people who experience it – from simply having to don a pair of reading glasses to scan through the morning paper, to complete blindness. And it’s much more prevalent in older adults, with one in every three elders over age 65 having some sort of eye disease that impacts vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, among others. Thankfully, as with a lot of other challenging conditions, technology continues to explode with choices to improve standard of living for many experiencing vision problems. Just take a look at a few of the vision enhancement tools that are already available:
- Be My Eyes. This incredible application links sighted volunteers with those with low vision or blindness, and actually allows them to see, through the person’s phone, a variety of immediate needs – such as checking expiration dates of food or verifying that an outfit matches. And, “It’s being used for some amazing things,” according to Alexander Jensen, Be My Eyes’ Community Director. “We received an email from a woman who said she used a Be My Eyes volunteer to check her wedding dress for any stains before the ceremony started.”
- Seeing AI. A more recently released app, Seeing AI also utilizes a sight-impaired person’s phone, allowing for identification of an individual to whom the camera is pointed, including recognition of the individual’s facial expressions to pick up on feelings and mood. It also can scan barcodes to recognize items (with an audible alert as soon as the camera is close to a barcode), verify denominations of currency, and a wide variety of other functions, even without an Internet connection.
- RoboCane. This really is no ordinary white cane! Furnished with a computer, microphone and 3-D camera, RoboCane can recognize obstacles and give voice prompts to let a user know what’s ahead. It can also guide its user through usage of a motor-driven roller tip once floor plans of a desired route are loaded into its computer, and can also take spoken commands from the user and provide audio feedback through a wireless earpiece.
Regency Home Care in Atlanta, GA can help improve total wellbeing for those with vision loss through safe, reliable transportation and accompaniment to outings, assistance with household chores and personal care tasks, and far more. Contact us at any time at 678.999.2446 for a complimentary in-home consultation to find out more.