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An app uses a smartphone camera to detect leukocoria, a pale reflection from the back of the eye. It can be an early sign of disease. Here it appears light brown compared the healthy eye. Munson et al., Sci. Adv. 2019; 5 eaax 6363 hide caption

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An App That Can Catch Early Signs Of Eye Disease In A Flash

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Nurse practitioner Debra Brown guides patient Merdis Wells through a diabetic retinopathy exam at University Medical Center in New Orleans. Courtesy of IDx hide caption

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How Can We Be Sure Artificial Intelligence Is Safe For Medical Use?

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Amina Ahmed at home in Oromo, Ethiopia. Before having cataracts removed from both her eyes, she had been blind for four years. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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A 4-Minute Surgery That Can Give Sight To The Blind

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This Food and Drug Administration approved Luxturna, a gene therapy developed by Spark Therapeutics, to treat an inherited form of blindness. Courtesy of Spark Therapeutics via AP hide caption

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New research found a link between how puppies interact with their mothers and how they perform in guide dog training. Westend61/Getty Images hide caption

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Coddled Puppies Make Poor Guide Dogs, Study Suggests

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When Blind People Do Algebra, The Brain's Visual Areas Light Up

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Be My Eyes pairs blind people with sighted volunteers who help them identify objects using a smartphone app and camera. Be My Eyes hide caption

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Help A Blind Person Identify Everyday Things, Via Smartphone App

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Bryan Bashin, CEO of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in San Francisco, started losing his sight in his teens. "Don't just hide," he advises others. "This is not some kind of deep loss. This is just another side of being human." Jeremy Raff/KQED hide caption

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When A Stranger Leaves You $125 Million

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Olson sits with his guide dog, Quebec. Inspired by his experiences with the USC Trojans as a 12-year-old, Olson tried out for his high school football team. Gloria Hillard for NPR hide caption

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A Blind Football Player Joins His Trojan Heroes On The Field

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At the "Dinner in the Dark" restaurant that's just opened in Nairobi, a blind waiter leads guests to their table. The photo was taken during a training session — that's why the lights are on. Courtesy of is Eatout.co.ke hide caption

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Blind Waiters Give Diners A Taste Of 'Dinner In The Dark' In Kenya

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The next generation of Australian dollar notes will include tactile features to help people with visual impairments differentiate between them, says the Reserve Bank of Australia. Last year, the agency met with a boy who started a petition asking for the change. Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

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Isabella Beukes, of Santa Rosa, Calif., has been legally blind for more than 40 years. An experimental treatment derived from embryonic stem cells seems to have enabled her now to see not just color but also some shapes. Tim Hussin for NPR hide caption

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Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Vision In Preliminary Human Test

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The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile

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Seeing Less Helps The Brain Hear More

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Vending machines at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark., were stocked with more healthful snacks in 2006. Danny Johnston/AP hide caption

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Why Healthful Vending Machines Might Hurt The Blind

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Age-related macular degeneration accounts for more than half of all cases of blindness in the United States. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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