Latest Vision impairment and blindness News

Alabama clinics offer free vision screening for rural areas

May. 31, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A program meant to prevent vision loss among some of Alabama's most vulnerable residents will provide free vision screening and testing in rural communities. Offered as part of a study by University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers, the...

Lawsuit seeking online votes for disabled is being settled

May. 25, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A lawsuit that led to a system for Mainers with print disabilities to cast absentee ballots online is being settled in an agreement that formalizes a requirement for a system for those plaintiffs to vote online in private, without assistance, from their homes. ...

Boy, 10, a hit as league’s first fully blind baseball player

May. 15, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) — Christopher Yetter, wearing a blue New York Mets jersey with his last name emblazoned in orange on the back, steps up to home plate. “Big hit Christopher,” the announcer bellows, as the boy strikes a purple ball that makes a beeping sound, and he...

Nepal’s God of Sight eye doctor to expand work beyond border

Apr. 08, 2021 02:27 AM EDT

LUMBINI, Nepal (AP) — Just next to the Mayadevi temple where Buddha was born more than 2,600 years ago, hundreds of people lined up outside a makeshift hospital on a recent hazy day, hoping their fading eyesight could be restored. A day later, these saffron-robed...

Balky sign-ups complicate virus vaccinations for blind, deaf

Mar. 27, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Unable to see, Carla McQuillan typically uses a program that converts the letters on a screen into audible words when she wants to read something online. The tool wouldn't work when she tried to schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, however. ...