Posts By: FFB Canada

Thinking About A Guide Dog?

February 28th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Marilyn Turner. Guide dogs are trained to be the “eyes” of a person who is traveling with partial or no vision.  The dog will guide you safely past obstacles and keep you moving swiftly to your destination. A dog can be a companion for you and a social bridge between you…

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Orientation In Your Pocket

February 25th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Gerry Chevalier. One of the most challenging things for a blind or low vision person is to feel confident about where they are when out and about. The Trekker Breeze Talking GPS  from HumanWare is a small device about the size of a TV remote control that provides GPS navigation technology…

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New Compound May Be the Basis of a Promising Drug to Reverse Retinal Blindness

February 20th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Retinal diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), occur because the eye’s light-sensing photoreceptors are destroyed over time. In the late stages of these conditions, this causes loss of vision. Recent research suggests that a newly-developed “photo-switch” compound may allow other cells in the eye to act as photoreceptors – potentially restoring…

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All In The Family

February 10th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Yvonne Living with partial sight is a family affair. I have seven siblings and our ages range from six to thirty-two. With such a large family, it is very hard at times to grow up. When we are all together, I instantly feel like a kid again. I remember the first time…

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After 20 Years of Stargardts & Self Discovery

February 7th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Jennifer Yesterday was my 30th birthday. The importance is not so much in the number but where my mind is at. Over the 20+ years having Stargardts my life has been a complete emotional roller coaster.  Growing up hating the world I was born into, to learning to forgive and accept who…

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Testing the Safety of Induced Stem Cell Therapies

February 5th, 2014 by FFB Canada

To restore sight to a damaged retina, one promising strategy is to replace the damaged cells with new ones. One way to do this is to start with stem cells and transform them to create new retinal cells. In the last few years, scientists have demonstrated that that retinal cell transplants are possible in mice,…

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All My Parts

February 2nd, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Laura In 2007 I remember sitting outside Camosun College in Victoria BC and receiving a phone call from my ophthalmologist’s office telling me that I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa and that I needed to come in to further discuss this with my doctor. I have always said that it seemed like…

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“Mom, I’m Not A Personal Tragedy”

January 25th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Anonymous Talking to your parents about your vision loss Looking back, I don’t think a day went by without me knowing how much I was loved by my parents (may they rest in peace). Still, they were my parents, and I know I should never underestimate how hard it must have been…

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Where IS That Thing?

January 20th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Marilyn Turner. Strategies for finding dropped and misplaced objects It happens to us all…coins dropped in front of the vending machine, keys dropped in the grass beside the door, toothpaste knocked from the shelf and bouncing across the bathroom floor.  With limited or no vision, retrieving dropped objects is a challenge….

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Message To My Younger Self: Ryan

January 20th, 2014 by FFB Canada

1. Can you share with us what retinal eye disease you have and when you were diagnosed? I have a form of Retinitis Pigmentosa called Choroideremia and was diagnosed when I was approximately 5 years old.  My parents noticed me staring at lights and investigated right away. 2. Did vision loss have any impact on…

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