'Smart' facial recognition cane for the blind
'Smart' facial recognition cane for the blind

A revolutionary 'smart' cane that enables the visually impaired to instantly identify friends and family may soon be available.

Roseanne Barr might turn blind
Roseanne Barr might turn blind

Actress Roseanne Barr says she is suffering from macular degeneration and glaucoma that can make her lose her eyesight.

Geomagnetic compass hooked to brain helps blind rats navigate

Scientists have discovered that blind rats with a geomagnetic compass hooked to the brain can navigate through a maze nearly as well as normally sighted rats, a finding that may help develop technology which allows visually-impaired humans to walk more freely.

Delhi polls: Visually challenged voters cast their votes

Visually challenged voters came in large numbers to cast their votes in Delhi Assembly Elections.

App helps blind see via healthy volunteers
App helps blind see via healthy volunteers

Here comes an app that connects the blind who use smartphones via a VoiceOver feature or Google TalkBack service to sighted volunteers who can help them with everyday tasks.

Tools enable the blind to 'see' via other senses

Using first-of-the-kind devices, Israeli scientists have mapped brains of the blind to solve how our brains can adapt to the rapid cultural and technological changes of the 21st century.

Why blindness is so blinding

A new study has recently revealed that surgery cannot entirely undo the brain rewiring caused by long term blindness.

Human echolocation can help blind 'see'

The ability to detect objects in the environment by sensing echoes from them is more than just a functional tool to help visually-impaired people, shows a study.

Mel B was left with one blind eye post 'botched' laser surgery
Mel B was left with one blind eye post 'botched' laser surgery

Melanie Brown has revealed that she is blind in her left eye because of a laser surgery that went wrong 15 years ago and is now planning to go for a 'life-changing' operation to fix it.

Mel B blind in her left eye
Mel B blind in her left eye

Mel B has revealed she is completely blind in her left and planning cornea implant surgery to correct her sight.

Indian-origin teenager gets Intel funding for Braille printer

A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy has received a huge investment from Intel for developing a low-cost printer for the blind, making him the youngest tech entrepreneur funded by a venture capital firm.

App to help blind 'see money'
App to help blind 'see money'

The blind have a reason to smile, courtesy a new smart phone application that helps them "see the money" as it aids in identification of notes.

Unique brain mechanism helps learning hand gestures even for blind
Unique brain mechanism helps learning hand gestures even for blind

A new study has suggested that a unique mechanism work in the brain helps in understanding and learning hand gestures even for blind people.

Robotic walking stick for visually impaired

In a first, engineers have designed a robotic walking stick for the visually impaired that can detect the user`s immediate path and store localised geographical information.

Blind students` caning: NHRC sends notice to Andhra Pradesh govt

The director and principal of a school for blind in Andhra Pradesh will be produced before a court, a day after they were arrested for beating up their students.

Below 1% quota for visually impaired; Centre told to respond

The Delhi HC issued notices to Centre on a PIL seeking quashing of an examination notice of UPSC for the upcoming Civil Services Examination on the ground of non-compliance of one per cent quota for visually impaired applicants.

Man goes blind after using herbal eye drops

A Thai man whose sight was affected due to an accident has lost his vision after using herbal medicine.

Korean War pilot who landed blind dies at 83

Kenneth Schechter, a Korean War pilot who landed his plane while blinded from a wound, has died. He was 83.

Popping `cholesterol busting` statins can actually make you go blind

A new study suggests that statins, which are taken by millions of Britons every day to slash cholesterol, could actually trigger sight loss.

How ears can be turned into eyes for the blind

Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a device that can help blind people use sounds to build an image in their minds of the things happening around them.