Impacting millions of Americans, vision loss is as varied as the people who experience it – from simply the need to don a pair of reading glasses to scan through the morning newspaper, to complete blindness. And it’s a lot more prevalent in older adults, with one out of every three seniors over age 65 experiencing some type of eye disease that affects vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, as well as others. Thankfully, just like a lot of other challenging conditions, technology continues to explode with options to improve total well-being for many experiencing vision problems. Just take a glance at a few of the vision enhancement tools that are already available to help fight vision loss:
- Be My Eyes. This incredible app connects sighted volunteers with individuals with low vision or blindness, and literally allows them to see, through the individual’s phone, all sorts of immediate needs – like checking expiration dates of food or confirming that an outfit matches. And, “It’s getting used for a few 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 on her wedding dress for any stains before the ceremony started.”
- Seeing AI. An even more recently released application, Seeing AI also utilizes a sight-impaired person’s phone, allowing for identification of a person to whom the camera is facing, including recognition of the person’s facial expressions to pick up on feelings and mood. Additionally, it can scan barcodes to recognize items (with an audible alert once the camera is near to a barcode), verify denominations of currency, and a wide variety of other functions, even without an Internet connection.
- RoboCane. It is certainly no ordinary white cane! Designed with a computer, microphone and 3-D camera, RoboCane can notice obstacles and give voice prompts to let the user know what’s ahead. It can also guide its user through use of a mechanized roller tip once floor plans of a particular route are entered into its computer, and can also take verbal commands from the user and provide audio feedback through a wireless earpiece.
Atlanta Home Care Partners can help improve quality of life for those with a vision impairment through safe, dependable transportation and accompaniment to outings, help with household chores and personal care tasks, and a whole lot more. Contact us any time at (404) 228-0103 for a complementary in-home consultation for more information about our home care services in Atlanta!