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Woman Says Disorder Caused Her to Make Herself Blind

Jewel Shuping says she had someone put drain cleaner in her eyes

(Newser) - Jewel Shuping has been preoccupied with blindness since she was a young girl. She says she used to roam the halls at night at age 3 or 4, the idea of being blind felt "comfortable" when she was 6, and she spent hours staring at the sun when her... More »

Blind Football Player Takes Practice Field for USC

'He's out here working his butt off'

(Newser) - Eighteen-year-old Jake Olson may be blind, but that's not stopping him from seeing his dream of taking the football field for the USC Trojans come true. Olson, who was born with cancer of the retina, lost his left eye at 10 months old and his right eye when he... More »

Eye Exercises Can Reduce Our Natural Blind Spots

And, that's great news for people losing their vision

(Newser) - Your blind spot could shrink using simple exercises, say researchers who think they could help prevent blindness and possibly even restore sight to those who've lost it. All humans have blind spots due to the lack of photoreceptors where the optic nerve passes through the retina. But we don'... More »

Parents Have 'Visual Bucket List' for Girl Losing Sight

With an airline's help, Rome is now on the list

(Newser) - The parents who created a "visual bucket list" for their 5-year-old daughter who is slowly going blind started by showing her wondrous sights close to their Ohio home. They never dreamed she'd get to see Rome someday. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers and her family will travel to Italy... More »

Cat Lick Blamed for Woman's Blindness

Ohio pet owner loses vision in one eye to 'cat scratch disease'

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who suddenly lost vision in one of her eyes has learned that her own cat is to blame, reports WTOL . Doctors at the University of Toledo diagnosed cat scratch disease as the culprit. "Anything that is exposed to the cat's mouth, including if you have... More »

Guy Going Blind Inspires Heated ObamaCare Debate

Luis Lang shunned insurance, now can't get it

(Newser) - A man named Luis Lang in South Carolina is emerging as the face of a new debate about ObamaCare. As a story by Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer explains, Lang is a 49-year-old self-employed handyman who has long shunned health insurance and paid his own medical bills. But... More »

Roseanne Barr Is Going Blind

She has macular degeneration, glaucoma

(Newser) - Roseanne Barr is going blind, she reveals in a new Daily Beast interview. The comedian was explaining why she's such an advocate for marijuana legalization: "It's a good medicine, you know," she says. "I have macular degeneration and glaucoma, so it's good for me... More »

A New Way for the Blind to Read

Finger-worn device from MIT translates text to speech in real time

(Newser) - A new invention could help blind people "read" books and other written text without the need for Braille. MIT researchers have created a prototype of a finger-mounted device that uses a camera to scan text, which is then converted to speech in real time. "For visually impaired users,... More »

Blind Boy's Campaign Changing Australia's Cash

Nation will add tactile features so bills can be told apart

(Newser) - Australia is redesigning its cash and adding a tactile feature so blind people can tell the bills apart. And as the nation's ABC News reports, the pending change is largely thanks to a 13-year-old kid named Connor McLeod. He launched a campaign and online petition that gained steam and... More »

Baby Born With No Eyeballs

Expanders are sutured into his eye sockets so that one day he may get a transplant

(Newser) - When Kelly Lopez gave birth to a baby boy three months ago in Mesa, Ariz., she didn't think much of the fact that her newborn wasn't opening his eyes until hours went by. By 13 days of age, Richie Lopez had an MRI, and the family was shocked... More »

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 »

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