Imagine there were special macular degeneration glasses that could solve the daily problems of people who suffer from the condition.
Well, there is something that is as close as you are going to get to macular degeneration glasses. The product is called the OrCam MyEye.
The OrCam is a wearable breakthrough assistive technology device that reads texts, recognizes faces, and identifies products. These features can help people who suffer from macular degeneration, or any other visual impairment, with daily activities such as reading mail, recognizing faces of family members or friends, and identifying favorite products in the super market.
According the National Eye Institute, Age related Macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. Some risks factors for AMD include smoking, family history and genetics, and race (AMD is more common among Caucasians than among African-Americans or Hispanics/Latinos.). Researchers found that exercising regularly, maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and eating healthy foods such as green leafy vegetables can help reduce the risk or slower the progression of the disease. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for many years. In other cases, the disease progresses very fast and can lead to vision loss in one or both eyes. As the condition progresses, people who suffer from it will start to see things blurry. AMD does not lead to complete blindness. However, the loss of central vision can interfere with simple everyday tasks.
There currently is no exact cure out there for macular degeneration or other visual impairments. However, there are a lot of different products on the market that can help people who suffer from vision loss with daily activities. We are lucky to live in a time where technology is so advanced that we can create products like the OrCam MyEye artificial vision device. They may not exactly be a cure for vision loss but these so-called macular degeneration glasses are a step forward to helping people who are blind or visually impaired regain their independence and live fuller lives.