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6 mn Indians Can be Helped With Advanced Low-Vision Aid

Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy are some of the common causes of low vision. Optical devices like magnifiers and spectacles are common visual aids.

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Almost nine million people in India are now visually impaired, which is the highest number over the past two decades, but six million of them can be helped with advanced low-vision aids, according to an expert

“For the visually impaired people, the world is a blur. Almost six million out of nine million visually impaired people can benefit from advanced hi-quality telescopic low vision aids (bioptics),” Henry A. Greene, attached to the department of ophthalmology at the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina said during a conference, ‘Eye Tech 2018’ here.

Greene said low vision cannot be totally rectified even after treatment. So the devices prescribed to such individuals should be such that these enhance their confidence and make them feel “connected”.

 devices prescribed to such individuals should be such that these enhance their confidence and make them feel "connected".
Devices prescribed to individuals should be such that these enhance their confidence and make them feel “connected”.

According to an optometrist Subhshish Chaudhuri, it is people’s constant ignorance of low vision symptoms that leads to complete blindness. One should not ignore symptoms like blurred vision, headache or glare sensitivity.

Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy are some of the common causes of low vision. Optical devices like magnifiers and spectacles are common visual aids.

Also Read: IIT- Delhi Collaborates With Indiana University To Help Visually Impaired

Non-optical aids like additional illumination can be helpful for some and for some cases individuals may need hats to cut out the glares.

A study shows that almost 30 per cent of visually impaired becomes depressed as they stop doing things. Hence, counselling may be of great help. (IANS)

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For Delhi Commuters, Google Maps Now Show Auto-Rickshaw Routes

Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops

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Commuters in the national capital can now view “auto-rickshaw” routes as well as fares on Google Maps app, tech giant Google Monday said.

“Starting today, commuters in Delhi will be able to see a new public transport mode in Google Maps — auto-rickshaws. By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride as well as the estimated auto-rickshaw fares,” Google said in a statement.

The new feature will reflect fares based on the official fare model shared by the Delhi Traffic Police, it said.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

This feature will be available in the Google Maps app on the Android devices.

The idea is to incorporate one of most commonly used modes of public transport in Google Maps and share transparent information about the price of journey, Google Maps Product Manager Vishal Dutta said.

“Currently, for an unfamiliar journey, commuters often overpay and don’t have an idea about the distance or best route,” he added.

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By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride.

Dutta said the feature will also help the users plan their journey better.

“…so they could look at the expected cost of the auto-rickshaw ride and decide whether they want to take it all the way, or perhaps take a different mode of transport instead — like a bus or the metro,” he explained.

Also Read: Google Not Going to Offer Controversial Face Recognition Technology

Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops worldwide, the statement said. (IANS)