Every so often I like to pause and consider the amazing progress scientists are making in the fields of sight and hearing.
If you follow our daily news stories, you will have learned in the past year about the following:
- Scientists at UCLA developed a high-tech glove that can translate sign language into text in real time.
- Researchers in the United Arab Emirates developed contact lenses that can help to correct color blindness, containing gold nanoparticles.
- Apple is developing glasses that can adapt to a wearer’s eyesight.
- Just this week, an international clinical trial conducted at the University of Pennsylvania helped a patient suffering from childhood blindness gain vision after a single injection of an experimental RNA molecule into the patient’s eye.
I’m always amazed when I read these stories, and I wonder if a time will come when loss of sight or hearing is no longer a problem.
But then I remember how many people all around us are suffering because of a much simpler problem. The technology to fix their vision or hearing loss is pretty straightforward.
Maybe they need cataract surgery, a solution that’s been available for decades. Or maybe they need hearing aids. But they can’t afford them. And that’s where LSH comes in, allowing these folks to get the help they need.
Thanks to you, lives are being changed every day when you support the LSH mission.
It’s not rocket science — but it does change lives.