Can a GPS help a blind person to be active?

Some people are finding that technology can help those with visual impairment to live more active lives. For instance, take the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and connect it to an IPhone, a laptop or other high tech talking device. The result? A means of getting extremely precise directions that now allow some veterans to know where they are—and where they are headed.
Without technology such as GPS systems, many blinded veterans stay at home day after day, afraid to venture far from their familiar surroundings. Yet the high-tech gadgetry such as the GPS system is being used more and more to challenge blinded veterans and to allow them to regain mobility and discover their active lives again.
Although leaders who teach others how to use the GPS believe this device will never replace a guide dog. Still, the GPS can allow more blinded people to get outside and to discover the world around them.

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Visual Impairments

Optical issues with the eye are quite common, possibly because we started as cavemen who did not have to read tiny letters on a computer screen as you may be doing right now. Conditions that may be corrected with optics include as...

tigmatism, near and far sightedness and some forms of visual field distortion. Some eyes have trouble seeing color the way other's do. This is called color blindness, and is more common in men. As we age there are common diseases and concerns including cataracts and glaucoma. Having diabetes can make you more likely to develop retinopathy, when blood vessels in the retina break and leak into the eye. Some conditions may lead to partial or total blindness. Legal blindness is a legal term more than a medical one, but meeting the standard for legal blindness can qualify you for special help.

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