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School Takes Blind Boy's Cane, Gives Foam Noodle

Dakota Nafzinger's parents outraged by punishment

(Newser) - A Kansas City school took flak this week after it took away a blind boy's cane as punishment. School officials say 8-year-old Dakota Nafzinger, born without eyes, hit another student with his cane on the school bus Monday, prompting the bus driver to replace it with a foam noodle.... More »

For Boy Going Blind, a Bucket List of Sights

Ben Pierce, 9, wants to be able to remember what hundreds of things look like

(Newser) - Seeing tiny snails and examining chalk under a microscope might seem like small things, but to a Texas boy losing his eyesight they're bucket list material—along with more standard big-ticket items like seeing the Grand Canyon and Antarctica—of things he wants to see before he goes blind.... More »

Man Blind for Decades Sees Again With Bionic Eye

Larry Hester is country's 7th recipient of device

(Newser) - It's been 33 years since Larry Hester started going blind. But thanks to a new bionic eye, the 66-year-old is experiencing vision once again, Duke Medicine reports. Granted, "it's not vision as we traditionally know it," a Duke University scientist tells Duke Medicine. But "turning... More »

Stem Cell Blast Returns Sight to the Legally Blind

Preliminary study surprises researchers

(Newser) - When researchers infused tens of thousands of new stem cells into the retinas of legally blind people, they didn't expect a breakthrough in the patients' vision. But that's what they got, NPR reports: Ten of 18 subjects experienced significant improvement in their vision. The study was intended only... More »

Boy Going Blind Sees Dream Come True

Louie Corbett on mission to complete a visual bucket list

(Newser) - Louie Corbett's dream was to see the Boston Celtics play ball—a dream made all the more urgent due to the 12-year-old's degenerative eye disease that has stolen 50% of his sight in the past year alone and will soon render him blind. This week, the New Zealand... More »

Blind Florida Man Who Killed Buddy Gets His Guns Back

Was exonerated under Stand Your Ground

(Newser) - A blind man in Florida who shot and killed a drinking buddy in March 2012 has been reunited with his guns after winning immunity from prosecution last month under the state's Stand Your Ground law. The judge in Sanford—the city where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin—on Thursday... More »

Eyes of the Dead Could Help Living See

Cell transplants restore brain, eye connection

(Newser) - A new technique could dramatically improve the ways in which the eyes of the dead can help restore sight to the blind, according to research published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine . Researchers extracted a type of adult stem cell from the back of donated eyes and found that... More »

Blind Iowans Get Gun Permits

No sight, no problem under state law

(Newser) - Not being able to see what you're shooting at is no barrier to obtaining a gun license in Iowa, the Des Moines Register finds. Gun permit changes that took effect in 2011 allow even people completely without vision to carry guns in public, and while disability rights groups argue... More »

Anti-Cholesterol Eye Drops Could Fight Blindness

Fatty buildup linked to macular degeneration: study

(Newser) - Cholesterol-lowering eye drops may soon have another use: fighting blindness associated with macular degeneration. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine found that immune cells known as macrophages can become "bloated" with fatty deposits. The resulting inflammation can cause new blood vessels to form; these vessels are linked to... More »

Benedict Blind in One Eye: Report

Looking thinner than ever: journalist

(Newser) - Pope Benedict cited deteriorating strength in explaining his exit, and now specifics are becoming clear via the Los Angeles Times . The pontiff has apparently gone blind in one eye, says Peter Seewald, a German journalist and frequent Benedict interviewer. When Seewald saw the pope 10 weeks ago, his hearing had... More »

Feds OK First 'Bionic Eye' to Help Blind

Device gives limited vision to those with retinal disease

(Newser) - The FDA has approved the first use of an artificial retina or "bionic eye" to give the blind limited vision, reports the New York Times and Wall Street Journal . Users wear glasses outfitted with a video camera that transmits visual data to electrodes implanted in the eye; the signals... More »

Don't Blame Little House Blindness on Scarlet Fever

Mary Ingalls probably had meningoencephalitis, or brain fever

(Newser) - Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House books knows how the author's sister Mary went blind: scarlet fever. But turns out that probably wasn't the cause, medical experts say, upending one of the more dramatic elements in the classic stories. An analysis of historical documents,... More »

Lengthy Aspirin Use Tied to Blindness

But don't stop taking it yet: researchers

(Newser) - Taking aspirin on a regular basis for years may be a factor in macular degeneration, a study suggests. According to the research, those with a long-term aspirin regime face twice the risk of "wet" age-related macular degeneration, or wet AMD. The illness causes blindness in the center of one'... More »

Going Blind, Deaf Twins Die by Assisted Suicide

Belgian brothers were inseparable, doctor says

(Newser) - A pair of deaf identical twins were euthanized last month in Belgium after learning they would go blind and not see each other again, ABC News reports. Unable to bear the thought, the 45-year-olds died by lethal injection at the Brussels University Hospital after having a cup of coffee. "... More »

Anderson Cooper Goes Blind on Assignment

'I have burned my eyeballs and I go blind,' he says

(Newser) - Bit of a scare for Anderson Cooper: He was on assignment for 60 Minutes in Portugal last week when he sunburned his eyes and went blind for 36 hours, Entertainment Tonight reports. "Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment," he wrote on an Instragram photo of himself with... More »

Man Blind From Vodka Is Cured by Whisky

New Zealander says doctors saved him with Johnny Walker Black

(Newser) - Talk about a hair of the dog that bit you: A New Zealand man went into surgery after literally drinking himself blind this summer, and doctors cured him with a healthy dose of Johnny Walker Black, the New Zealand Herald reports. Denis Duthie, 65, was celebrating his parents' 50th wedding... More »

Cops Mistake Blind Man's Stick for Sword, Tase Him

Colin Farmer, 61, had no idea what was going on at first

(Newser) - When police in England responded to reports of a man walking around with a sword, they stumbled upon Colin Farmer, 61, who is blind … and was carrying his white stick. Surely you see where this is going: Police, mistaking the stick for a samurai sword, set upon Farmer and... More »

1 Year After Losing Sight, US Serviceman Wins Gold

Brad Snyder competes in Paralympics after Afghan blast

(Newser) - Exactly a year after losing his sight while on military service in Afghanistan, American Brad Snyder captured swimming gold at the London Paralympics by winning the 400-meter freestyle. Snyder won his second gold of the games in convincing style, beating Enhamed Enhamed of Spain by nearly six seconds in a... More »

'Signal Sending' Glasses Could Restore Lost Vision

Technology helps blind mice see

(Newser) - More good news for the estimated 20 million people who have lost or will lose their eyesight worldwide. Researchers have found a way to restore lost vision in mice, and they say the same technology can likely be developed for humans within two years, pending funding, reports Bloomberg . Scientists focused... More »

Eye Doctors Zero In on Vision Loss

New treatments hold promise of curing some types of blindness

(Newser) - Those who were once blind may someday see, thanks to decades of research into what causes certain types of blindness. Scientists have developed several types of experimental treatments, including gene therapy, which could help prevent the rare eye disorder known as Stargardt disease, one of many vision problems that results... More »

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