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#Blindness

# blindness - Sunday 10 February, 2019

Bye-bye bifocals, hello bionic eyes: the future of seeing and hearing
# Future Focus
# Future Focus

Bye-bye bifocals, hello bionic eyes: the future of seeing and hearing

Feb 10th 2019, 7:30 PM 18,818 Views 6 Comments

Plus how Amazon’s Alexa could be literally inside your ear.

# blindness - Saturday 6 October, 2018

'I don’t know any different': Former Voice of Ireland star refuses to let sight loss hold her back
# Cone Dystrophy
# Cone Dystrophy

'I don’t know any different': Former Voice of Ireland star refuses to let sight loss hold her back

Oct 6th 2018, 7:30 AM 21,248 Views 5 Comments

Rebecca Kelly and three other members of her family live with visual impairment.

# blindness - Saturday 25 August, 2018

'People always say my dad is amazing. He's not, he's just blind'
# Challenging Perceptions
# Challenging Perceptions

'People always say my dad is amazing. He's not, he's just blind'

Aug 25th 2018, 9:00 PM 28,849 Views 6 Comments

A new play aims to challenge perceptions about people with disabilities.

# blindness - Thursday 12 October, 2017

'It puts holes in the retina': Thousands at risk of blindness due to diabetes-linked eye disease
# World Sight Day
# World Sight Day

'It puts holes in the retina': Thousands at risk of blindness due to diabetes-linked eye disease

Oct 12th 2017, 6:20 AM 15,668 Views 7 Comments

“People absolutely take their eyesight for granted until there’s a problem,” Stephen Duffy said.

# blindness - Thursday 3 August, 2017

The number of blind people in the world is set to triple by 2050
# Threefold Increase
# Threefold Increase

The number of blind people in the world is set to triple by 2050

Aug 3rd 2017, 7:20 AM 15,118 Views 10 Comments

That is according to a new study, which said more than 115 million people will be blind by the middle of this century.

# blindness - Sunday 16 July, 2017

'Technology is the great equaliser' - how two apps for those with impaired sight are levelling the playing field
# Making A Difference
# Making A Difference

'Technology is the great equaliser' - how two apps for those with impaired sight are levelling the playing field

Jul 16th 2017, 8:30 PM 12,147 Views 6 Comments

The two apps have been developed in conjunction with National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).

# blindness - Tuesday 1 November, 2016

Using your smartphone at night could make you temporarily blind
# Put The Phone Down
# Put The Phone Down

Using your smartphone at night could make you temporarily blind

Nov 1st 2016, 3:53 PM 18,892 Views 25 Comments

This week, a woman from Fermanagh described her experience of Transient Smartphone Blindness.

# blindness - Sunday 5 July, 2015

Breakthrough as 'bionic eye' restores sight in blind patients
# Second Sight
# Second Sight

Breakthrough as 'bionic eye' restores sight in blind patients

Jul 5th 2015, 8:45 AM 15,243 Views 4 Comments

A new clinical trial has given hope to people with sight loss.

# blindness - Monday 29 December, 2014

My 2014: I met the Taoiseach, President Obama, and put spinal injuries on the global agenda
# My 2014
# My 2014

My 2014: I met the Taoiseach, President Obama, and put spinal injuries on the global agenda

Dec 29th 2014, 8:30 AM 70 Views 11 Comments

I may no longer be the adventure athlete I was before I broke my back, but I am now an explorer searching for a cure for spinal cord injuries.

# blindness - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

'Exciting step forward' as human embryo stem cell transplant restores sight in patients
# Blindness
# Blindness

'Exciting step forward' as human embryo stem cell transplant restores sight in patients

Oct 15th 2014, 7:45 AM 5,555 Views 4 Comments

No safety concerns were detected up to 22 months after the transplant.

# blindness - Thursday 9 October, 2014

Opinion: Losing my sight at 23 was traumatic, but my dog is with me every step of the way
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Losing my sight at 23 was traumatic, but my dog is with me every step of the way

Oct 9th 2014, 8:00 AM 414 Views 18 Comments

What my sight loss has shown me is that we can’t control what happens to us – we can only control how we deal with it.

# blindness - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Calls for measures to be introduced to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020
# Don't Turn A Blind Eye
# Don't Turn A Blind Eye

Calls for measures to be introduced to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020

Jul 16th 2014, 9:56 PM 6,968 Views 4 Comments

There are currently more than 220,000 people in Ireland who are blind or vision impaired.

# blindness - Friday 27 June, 2014

'I went to look at myself in the mirror and I couldn’t see my face'
# Diabetes
# Diabetes

'I went to look at myself in the mirror and I couldn’t see my face'

Jun 27th 2014, 8:22 PM 22,499 Views 21 Comments

Joe McPhilips has told the story of how he went blind, in the hope of reminding people of the importance of correctly managing their diabetes.

# blindness - Sunday 15 June, 2014

Have you had an eye test in the last two years? Half of people in Ireland haven't
# Awareness
# Awareness

Have you had an eye test in the last two years? Half of people in Ireland haven't

Jun 15th 2014, 2:15 PM 8,943 Views 24 Comments

A fifth have never had a sight test at all.

# blindness - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Irish people going blind waiting for cataract surgery
# PREVENTABLE
# PREVENTABLE

Irish people going blind waiting for cataract surgery

Apr 3rd 2014, 4:59 PM 10,692 Views 16 Comments

Ireland could save €76 million annually if earlier intervention was prioritised.

Trinity researchers make blindness breakthrough
# Discovery
# Discovery

Trinity researchers make blindness breakthrough

Apr 3rd 2014, 10:38 AM 8,345 Views 2 Comments

The researchers looked at age-related macular degeneration, which causes blindness in sufferers.

# blindness - Saturday 8 March, 2014

These are the sights Irish people would miss most
# Eyes Wide Open
# Eyes Wide Open

These are the sights Irish people would miss most

Mar 8th 2014, 10:00 AM 25,452 Views 5 Comments

Sightsavers asks people to take snaps of things they would miss being able to see were they to lose their vision… this is the result.

# blindness - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Column: Why are over two thirds of blind people in the world women?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Why are over two thirds of blind people in the world women?

Dec 4th 2013, 7:00 AM 419 Views 46 Comments

It’s unimaginable to many in the developed world that a person could be last in line for medical care and education simply because of gender – but for millions of women this is the stark reality, writes Michael Marren.

# blindness - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Column: I went blind at 14 – but my guide dog Miles has changed my life
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: I went blind at 14 – but my guide dog Miles has changed my life

Oct 10th 2013, 1:00 PM 365 Views 12 Comments

Kevin Kelly was plunged into a world of darkness when he went completely blind at just 14, but thanks to his companion Miles he has been able to obtain a Master’s degree and pursue the career he wanted.

# blindness - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

Which noises sound good to a blind person?
# What A Racket
From The Daily Edge
# What A Racket

Which noises sound good to a blind person?

May 28th 2013, 7:09 PM 1,529 Views 0 Comments

The things that sound best when you can’t see.

# blindness - Monday 20 May, 2013

Blind people have the potential to use their 'inner bat' to locate objects
# Bat Signal
# Bat Signal

Blind people have the potential to use their 'inner bat' to locate objects

May 20th 2013, 7:30 PM 5,565 Views 10 Comments

Researchers are now looking at developing training programmes and assistive devices for blind people using the data.

# blindness - Monday 15 April, 2013

FLAC says 'Jury Service' report should include deaf and blind people
# Jury Duty
# Jury Duty

FLAC says 'Jury Service' report should include deaf and blind people

Apr 15th 2013, 6:53 PM 5,471 Views 42 Comments

While the report expressed concerns over interpreters being present for jury discussion, FLAC have said that deaf and blind people should still be able to take part in non-criminal trials.

# blindness - Thursday 13 September, 2012

Want to be blindfolded - in the name of entertainment?
# Sensory
# Sensory

Want to be blindfolded - in the name of entertainment?

Sep 13th 2012, 6:45 AM 4,677 Views 4 Comments

250 people will be blindfolded while at a fundraising event this month, which is being held to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration.

# blindness - Thursday 26 July, 2012

Three blind mice? New chemical helps sightless mice to see – US study
# Sight
# Sight

Three blind mice? New chemical helps sightless mice to see – US study

Jul 26th 2012, 7:30 AM 1,978 Views 18 Comments

The findings offer hope of a treatment that could eventually help people who are blind.

# blindness - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Blind community to blitz Irish Rail with protest texts
# Irish Rail
# Irish Rail

Blind community to blitz Irish Rail with protest texts

Jul 19th 2012, 6:30 AM 6,642 Views 29 Comments

Two staffers at Irish Rail are due to be inundated with texts about the poor quality of audible announcements on Irish trains.

# blindness - Monday 19 September, 2011

Sight loss most common fear for the over-50s
# Sight Loss
# Sight Loss

Sight loss most common fear for the over-50s

Sep 19th 2011, 9:16 AM 296 Views 0 Comments

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may not as well known as other eye diseases, but it is the most common cause of registered blindness in Ireland.

# blindness - Thursday 4 November, 2010

Vision chip helps blind people to see again
# Vision
# Vision

Vision chip helps blind people to see again

Nov 4th 2010, 8:00 AM 952 Views 1 Comment

A pioneering new technology brings “the realms of science fiction” into the lives of people devastated by blindness.