Clean Hands are Critical to People with Vision Loss

My Hands and Blindness I never realized how important my hands were until I went totally blind. Now don’t get me wrong. Of course, I knew my hands were vital to my life because I used them daily to accomplish many things. For example, dressing, cooking, cleaning, writing, carrying things, even dialing my landline phone … Continued

Visually Impaired Viewers Have a Jolly Good Time Watching Audio Described Holiday Movies

Watching Movies Is Part of The Holiday Season Cuddling up with a mug of hot cocoa or the classic holiday three flavor popcorn tin on the sofa and watching a slew of Christmas movies is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Everyone knows that watching a heartwarming holiday flick is one of … Continued

Experiencing Art with Vision Loss in the Film “Straight Off the Canvas”

Editor’s note: Although this film is not available for public viewing at this time, this review of the film and the one completed by Elizabeth Sammons, give the reader insights into the fulfillment that art can bring to the creator, whether blind or sighted, and how important it is to encourage artistic talent in children and adults.  The reviews also … Continued

Cool Down This Summer with Five Microwave Cooking Hacks

I use the microwave mostly for heating foods, but not for actual cooking. It comes in handy for warming up a nice mug of cocoa during cold winter months or for reheating leftovers and popping my all-time favorite snack, a buttery bag of popcorn, to munch on while watching an audio described movie. Otherwise, it sits on the kitchen counter doing double duty as a quick device for heating foods and as a place holder for my vitamins, memo pads and other odds and ends. But when I … Continued

Book Review of “When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes”

The title of the book When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss & Personal Recovery immediately grabbed me. My curiosity was peaked because when you are dealing with a visual impairment you honestly can’t believe what you are seeing all the time. In my 20+ years of total blindness, I have learned to depend on everything else but my vision such as my other senses, … Continued

Diagnosed with Eye Disease I Couldn’t Spell, Pronounce or Find Online: Vogt Koyanagi Harada Syndrome

Editor’s note: In observance of Rare Disease Day on February 28, Empish Thomas, VisionAware Peer, has written  this post about her rare autoimmune condition characterized by chronic, bilateral uveitis. An image of the parts of the eye most affected is shown below. Getting the Diagnosis I am sure you have heard of common eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. You … Continued

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My Experience Using Zoom for a Telehealth Appointment

After my primary care physician cancelled my appointment in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was not sure about meeting again. I had not been sick, and this was just a routine checkup. Things have been up and down and every day something new happens with this virus. So, I decided to wait patiently, … Continued