The Industry Profile on Visual Impairment

Topics: Ophthalmology, Eye, Blindness Pages: 186 (37037 words) Published: October 17, 2013
The Industry Profile on Visual Impairment
Authors: Wendy Strobel*, Jennifer Fossa, Carly Panchura, Katie Beaver, and Janelle Westbrook
Contributors: Stephen Bauer, Sajay Arthanat, Joe Lane, Deborah Gilden, & Bill Crandall
This is a publication by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the Department of Education under grant number H133E9800025. The opinions contained in this publication are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Education.

University at Buffalo
Center for Assistive Technology
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer Kimball Tower, Room 322, 3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Phone: 716.829.3141 Fax: 716.829.2420 Voice/TDD 800.628.2281 http://cosmos.ot.buffalo.edu/t2rerc/
Draft Date: February 26, 2004

T2RERC

1

IP on Visual Impairment

Table of Contents

The

Page

Section
Acknowledgment

3

Introduction

4

Executive Summary

6

Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye

8

Vision Assessment

10

Eye Care Professionals

16

Visual Impairments, Causes and Treatments

22



Major Causes of Adult Blindness

23



Major Causes of Childhood Blindness

26
29

Demographics


33

Market Growth

Technologies

35

Assessment of Needs

56

Legislation

58

Funding Sources

61

Appendix A. Manufacturers

68

Appendix B. Sources of Financial Aid for Eye Care

78

Appendix C. State and Provincial Services

84

Appendix D. Conferences and Tradeshows

95

Appendix E. Associations

99

Appendix F. Publications

115

References

117

T2RERC

2

IP on Visual Impairment

Acknowledgment
The Industry Profile on Technology for Visual Impairment

This book may not be reproduced in any form without the permission of the publisher. Individual pages may be reproduced with proper acknowledgement.

This is a publication of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the Department of Education under grant number H133E030025. The opinions contained in this publication are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Education.

Editors: Wendy Strobel*, Jennifer Fossa, Carly Panchura, Katie Beaver, and Janelle Westbrook
Contributors: Stephen Bauer, Sajay Arthanat, Joe Lane, Deborah Gilden, & Bill Crandall

*Wendy Strobel, the communicating author can be reached by phone at 716.829.3141 x 140 or via e-mail at wstrobel@buffalo.edu

© March 2003

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer Center for Assistive Technology
State University of New York at Buffalo
Kimball Tower, Room 322, 3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Phone: 716-829-3141
Fax: 716-829-2420
Voice/TDD: 800-628-2281
Http://cosmos.buffalo.edu/T2RERC

T2RERC

3

IP on Visual Impairment

Introduction
The Industry Profile on Technology for Visual Impairment is a reference document for technical and clinical research, product development, market analysis and segmentation, and general education. The Industry Profile includes market segments size and descriptions, clinical issues, technology overview, products, reimbursement sources, manufacturers, trade associations, and related publications. It is intended to give the reader a sense of the impact imposed by visual impairments in the United States. This document is also available in an accessible format on our website at http://cosmos.ot.buffalo.edu/T2RERC/ Each entry in the Table of Contents has a specific intent. The document begins with a discussion of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye, intended to give the reader a clear understanding of the various parts of the eye and the functions that they control in the acquisition and...

References: Abledata. (2004). Fact sheet on video magnifiers. Retrieved February 24, 2004,
from http://www.abledata.com/text2/video_magnifiers.htm.
(2000a). Rehabilitation Teaching. Retrieved January 22, 2004, from
http://www.acvrep.org/StandardSite.htm.
(2000b). Orientation and Mobility. Retrieved January 22, 2004, from
http://www.acvrep.org/StandardSite.htm.
Access Board. (2000). Board issues standards for electronic and information
technology
Access Media Group. (2002). Diabetic retinopathy FAQ. Retrieved March 1,
2004, from http://www.allaboutvision.com/faq/diabetic.htm.
Adams, P. F., Hendershot, G. E., & Marano, M. A. (1999). Current estimates
from the national health interview survey, 1996
Adams, P. F. & Marano, M. A. (1995). Current estimates from the national health
interview survey, 1994
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_193acc.pdf
Alternative Financing Program for Assistive Technology and Telework (2004).
Facts about the alternative financing program. Retrieved February 2,
2004, from http://128.248.232.70/aftap/stories.htm.
American Academy for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACE3) (2002). Halogen
lighting and other torchieres
American Academy of Ophthalmology (2003a). Policy Statement: Glossary of
Terms Retrieved January 21, 2004, from
American Academy of Ophthalmology (2003b). Medical library: Cataract.
Retrieved January 16, 2004, from
http://medem.com/search/article_display.cfm?path=\TANQUERAYM_Co
American College for the Blind (2000). Sources of financial assistance for the
blind and visually impaired
American Federation for the Blind (AFB) (2002). Instructional Materials
Accessibility Act Section-by-Section Analysis
American Foundation for the Blind. (2003). Estimated Number of Adult Braille
Readers in the United States
American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) (2003). Wet and dry
Macular degeneration
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (2002). What is occupational
therapy? Retrieved January 22, 2004, from
American Optometric Association (2004a). What is a Doctor of Optometry?
Retrieved January 21, 2004, from
American Optometric Association (2004b). Low vision exam. Retrieved January
21, 2004, from
American Thermoform Corporation. (2003). ATC product catalog. Retrieved May
20, 2003, from http://www.atcbrleqp.com.
Anard, R. (2003). Eye tests. Gonioscopy. Retrieved January 20, 2004, from
http://dranand.eyemdlink.com/Test.asp?TestID=14.
Annis, E.R. (2000). Synergism...working toward excellence in eye care today:
Cataract surgery
(2004). What is Retinopathy of Prematurity? Retrieved January 20, 2004,
from http://www.ropard.org/what_is.shtml.
Bailey, R.W. (1989). Human performance engineering (2nd ed.). Englewood
Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishing, Inc.
Bentzen, B. L. (1998). Accessible pedestrian signals. Retrieved August 27, 2003,
from http://www.accessboard.gov/research&training/pedsignals/pedestrian.htm#
Better Health (2003). Vision impairment – neurological. Retrieved January 16,
2004, from http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2.bhcarticles.nsf/pages
Bianco, C. (2002). Howstuffworks. How vision works. Retrieved November 21,
2002, from http://www.howstuffworks.com/eye.htm.
Blind Babies Association of America (1998). Fact sheet cortical visual
impairment
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Visual Impairment Essay
  • Visual Impairment Essay
  • Essay on Visual Impairment
  • Visual Impairment, Issues and strategies Essay
  • Visual Impairment Essay
  • Essay about Cortical Visual Impairment
  • Hearing and Visual Impairments Essay
  • A Visual Learner's Profile Essay

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free