September 2013 News

Open Day Our Open Day this year was held on Wednesday 4th September in our Resource Centre in Pontypool. We had lots of visitors getting up to date information on products and services available. As usual we had representatives from technology companies giving advice about the latest products available. In particular there was a much […]

New phone app could transform lives of blind people – by reading out any text it sees!

The new app takes a picture of small print on items such as price tags and reads back any text it has recognised !!! A Brit has invented an app, that scientists believe, will transform the lives of those who struggle to see. It takes a picture of small print on items such as price […]

One of our Trustees – Hilary Lester wins the Newport Student of the Year Award!

Hilary Lester recently won the Newport Student of the Year Award for her dedication to study and enthusiasm for learning. Hilary, who is visually impaired and uses screen reader software, has been attending level 4 IT modules run by the Centre for Community Learning since April 2012. Her nominator Sarah Jones, a USW tutor, said: […]

Macular Society: Final approval of new drug for leading cause of sight loss

The Macular Society has welcomed final approval of a new, longer-lasting drug to treat wet age-related macular degeneration. The Society is urging the NHS to introduce the new drug, Eylea, quickly to help meet the enormous demand for wet AMD treatment. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has issued final guidance on the […]

80th Birthday Celebrations raises £220 for Sight Cymru

Huge thanks to Margaret and Ieuan Jones of Caerphilly One of our Supporting People staff Wendy Morris has been supporting Ieuan Jones (who is visually impaired) for some time now. Grateful of Wendy’s support, Ieuan’s wife Margaret, who cares for him, decided to raise funds for our charity when celebrating her 80th Birthday recently. Guests […]

Age Related Macular Degeneration – new diagnostic techniques being used at Cardiff University!

Technology normally used in the newest telescopes to find distant stars is now helping to diagnose the developed world’s most common form of sight loss in adults. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) leads to the loss of central vision when looking at something directly ahead, such as a television or book. In the UK, the number […]