Health & Nutrition

Find advice on how to manage doctor visits and hospital stays, learn how to teach self-feeding skills and discover new medical treatments and research opportunities for children who are blind

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Health & Nutrition, Sleep

SAMi: Sleep Monitor that Detects Seizures

The SAMi is a new device that lets parents monitor children with sleep issues while not having to be right in the room themselves. It’s an infrared device that is...

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes

New Treatment for Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)

Researchers are developing an oral medicine that improves visual ability in patients with LCA from the RPE65 or LRAT genes. This is very exciting news!

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes

A Breakthrough in Growing Corneas

Researchers have figured out how to use adult stem cells to grow corneas in the lab. These can be used to treat a host of eye illnesses and injuries.

Contact Lens illuminated from behind on black

Eye Conditions and Syndromes

New Way to Deliver Glaucoma Medicine

Researchers have found a way to deliver glaucoma medicine via contact lenses, making it easier for users to continue treatment for their disease.

eye anatomy

Eye Conditions and Syndromes

Learn About the Eye

We'll show you all you need to know about the eye & how it works in simple language. You'll learn the basics about the eye so that you can have...

Smartphone that does eye exams

Health & Nutrition

There’s a Smartphone App that Does Eye Exams

An eye doctor in Kenya has invented a way to use smartphones to diagnose and treat blindness by bringing the technology to the patient.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes

Lil’ Victors for Kids who Patch

Lil' Victors carries clothing and other items that advise you to "keep calm and patch on," for when you want people to understand sight issues and why your baby is...

Up close image of a blue eye with wide pupil.

Health & Nutrition

Using Stem Cells to Restore Sight

Scientists are using stem cells to create a retina in a petri dish. It behaves exactly as an actual retina does, allowing for full experimentation and leading hopefully to restoring...

A model of the human brain displays placement of a responsive neurostimulator that can stop or reduce seizures in patients with epilepsy.

Health & Nutrition

New Treatment Stops Seizures Before They Start

There's a new way to deal with seizures that could revolutionize the lives of those who have them. It involves embedding a tiny computer in the skull of the patient...

Liftware Spoon

Feeding and Eating

Liftware Adaptive Cutlery

Adaptive cutlery counteracts hand tremors to make eating easier and less stressful. It was developed by a group of scientists and engineers who wanted to improve overall quality of life...

Ivan eating his cake

Feeding and Eating, Health & Nutrition

Maintaining a High-Calorie Diet for Special Needs Kids

Many special needs children are placed on high-calorie diets. Here are some tips on how to manage a high-calorie diet with ideas for foods and calorie enhancers.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes

Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH) Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Mark Borchert at Children's Hospital Los Angeles directs the world's largest study in optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH).

Mason, Thomas & Luke (not necessarily in that order)

Eye Conditions and Syndromes

Three Retinoblastoma-Cancer-Fighting Superheroes!

Triplets Thomas, Mason and Luke were all diagnosed with retinoblastoma when only about 12 weeks old. They are now battling this rare form of cancer at SickKids Hospital in Toronto....

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes

Hi, I’m Helen. I have Cerebral Palsy.

Is this speech, Lesley talks about learning to imagine an accepting community and encourages her listeners to empathize with others while also acknowledging their own deep feelings.

Braille Text

Research Studies

Research Study on Leisure Reading Characteristics of Blind/Visually Impaired Youth

The Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University is looking for participants for a research study on leisure reading in blind and visually impaired children.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes

Tips and Tricks to Adapting to Everyday Situations When You Have Low Vision or Congenital Nystagmus

Advice from an adult with low vision and congenital nystagmus about how to adapt to everyday situations and how to ask for help when you need it!

how gene therapy works

Eye Conditions and Syndromes

Gene Therapy Treatment for Choroideremia

Researchers at the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford in the U.K. are treating Choroideremia (CHM) with gene therapy. This treatment can be used to treat many...

Baby MEG

Health & Nutrition

New Technology to Localize Infant Seizures

Boston Children's Hospital is planning to launch a new infant magnetoencephalography (MEG) system this spring that will revolutionize what we know about infant brains and, more to the point, infant...

kids brushing teeth

Health & Nutrition

Brushing Teeth & Dental Hygiene for Disabled Kids

Find tips and tricks from parents of blind and visually impaired children about tooth brushing and dental hygiene!

My health passport

Health & Nutrition

My Health Passport

My Health Passport is a free downloadable file that allows you to present your child's medical information in a quick at-a-glance reference guide.

Health & Nutrition, Special Needs

Hospital Tips & Tricks: How to Prepare for a Long Stay at the Hospital with Your Special Needs Child

Here are practical suggestions from moms about how to prepare for a stay at the hospital. Find out what to pack, what to have in hand, who to connect with...

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Research Studies

Brain Development in Kids Born Blind

MIT is conducting a research study on brain plasticity in children who are born blind. They are recruiting children between the ages of 4-14 who are legally blind and who...

Rods and cones in the retina

Eye Conditions and Syndromes

Building Retinas in the Laboratory

Researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London say they have had success in mouse models actually building retinas in the laboratory using stem cells to create new photoreceptors....

eye doctor

Health & Nutrition

Next Step in Gene Therapy

Researchers at Berkeley Stem Cell Center at UC Berkeley have been working on creating a new way to get gene therapy to a patient's eye without invasive surgery.