VISIONS2018 | Exhibits
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2018 Exhibits

The VISIONS Team has worked hard to secure the best vendors offering products, services and/or resources for the visually impaired community. These are the vendors we currently have registered to attend:


AGTC is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that uses a proprietary gene therapy platform to develop transformational genetic therapies for patients suffering from rare and debilitating diseases. Our initial focus is in the field of ophthalmology, where we have four recruiting clinical trials in X-linked retinoschisis, X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, and achromatopsia.


Aira is an easy-to-use service that provides instant access to visual information at just the touch of a button. Through a combination of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and human agents, people who are blind and low vision use Aira to enhance everyday experiences like never before.

American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

ELIA Life Technology

ELIA Life Technology has introduced two innovative products – an easy to learn and share tactile alphabet called ELIA Frames (you can learn it in minutes), and the world’s first fully tactile graphical printer (it can print anything an HP printer can, only tactilely). They can help people regain independence
and literacy.

Enhanced Vision

Enhanced Vision is a leading developer of assistive technology for the visually impaired including macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. Low vision assistive technology enables people to read, write and fully participate in life..

Foundation Fighting Blindness

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

Freedom Scientific/Ai Squared/Optelec

VFO is the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired and owner of the brands Ai Squared, Enhanced Vision, Freedom Scientific, Optelec and The Paciello Group. All of the VFO brands have a long history of developing and providing innovative solutions for blind and low vision individuals, helping them to reach their full potential.


GeneDx is a world leader in genomics with an acknowledged expertise in rare and ultra-rare genetic disorders, as well as an unparalleled comprehensive genetic testing menu. Our mission is to make clinical genetic testing available to patients and their families.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is more than an industry-leading guide dog school; we are a passionate community that serves the visually impaired. With exceptional client services and a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors and volunteers, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision from throughout the United States and Canada. All of our services are provided free of charge, including veterinary care, personalized training, and extensive post-graduation support.

Guide Dogs of America

Guide Dogs of America empowers people who are blind and visually impaired to live with increased independence, confidence and mobility by providing expertly matched guide dog partners.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to creating and supporting life-changing connections between people and dogs. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides superbly bred and trained dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired. Our dogs are known for their exceptional temperaments and success at helping people gain independence and to expand their horizons of opportunity. At our facilities in Yorktown Heights, NY, and Patterson, NY, we breed, raise, and train exceptional dogs. Then we connect them to people who are seeking increased freedom and ndependence, so that together, they can experience all kinds of life adventures.

Iris Vision

The IrisVision system combines Samsung's Galaxy S7 smartphone and revolutionary GearVR head set. By using off the shelf, technically superior components readily available to most consumers, IrisVision kits can be sold for much less than other custom-made devices.



MeiraGTx is a clinical stage gene therapy company with four ongoing clinical programs and a broad pipeline of preclinical and research programs. MeiraGTx has taken a portfolio approach by licensing, acquiring and developing technologies that provides depth across both product candidates and indications. MeiraGTx is initially focusing on the eye, salivary gland and central nervous system. 

My Retina Tracker®

My Retina Tracker is an international online registry for people with inherited retinal diseases. Join the registry, create a profile, track your disease, and invite your retinal care provider to update your clinical data. Your deidentified profile is shared with researchers and clinicians to support research and accelerate enrollment for clinical trials and research studies. My Retina Tracker is a Foundation Fighting Blindness program.

The Portable Protector Seat, Inc.

The ultimate in personal protection and hygiene, new from The Portable Protector Seat. The foldable toilet seat comes in several colors. Get your easy to carry, portable folding and travel friendly toilet seat at VISIONS2018.


Project VISIONS is a collaboration of a UCSD researcher Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, PhD and an artist Eva Henry. Project Visions presents the beauty of the eye-related research through art. Project exhibition is always accompanied by scientific presentation to popularize the basic research discoveries in eye biology to the lay public.

Second Sight

Through dedication and innovation, Second Sight's mission is to develop, manufacture and market implantable visual prosthetics to enable blind individuals to achieve greater independence.

The Seeing Eye Inc.

The Seeing Eye’s mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are
blind, through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye® dogs.

In pursuit of this mission, The Seeing Eye breeds and raises puppies to become Seeing Eye dogs, trains
Seeing Eye dogs to guide blind people, instructs blind people in the proper use, handling, and care of the
dogs and conducts and supports research on canine health and developments.


At Shire, we are champions for people around the world who are struggling with rare diseases – they are at the center of everything we do.

Smart Cane

SmartCane device is an electronic travel aid which fits on the top fold of the white cane. It serves as an enhancement to the white cane and overcomes its limitations by detecting knee-above and hanging obstacles. Such objects include the side of a truck, hanging cloth strings, protruding coolers or air conditioners, railing, tree branches, inclined ladders, etc. These obstacles do not have significant footprint on the ground and thus can result in injury to the head or upper body parts. For safe mobility, it is important that they are detected early. The cane has other uses as a spatial awareness device as it can detect presence or absence of objects in the surroundings.

Sofia Sees Hope

Inspired by Sofia, a young teen who would like to see the stars at night, our vision is that someday
everyone with an inherited retinal disease will be able to look up and see the stars. Sofia Sees Hope
is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to transforming the lives of those affected by blindness
caused by Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and other rare inherited retinal diseases by generating
awareness, supporting affected families, and raising funds to advance research for diagnosis, treatments,
and cures.

Spark Therapeutics

Spark is a leader in the field of gene therapy seeking to transform the lives of patients suffering from debilitating genetic diseases by developing potential one-time, life-altering treatments. The initial focus is on treating rare diseases where no, or only palliative therapies, exist. Spark is working to address a range of debilitating genetic diseases including inherited retinal dystrophies, hematologic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Two Blind Brothers

The apparel is sophisticated, noticeable yet understated, expertly tailored, and intricately crafted: all design decisions are informed with a New York influence. The brothers are involved in every step of the creative process, from choosing fabrics to developing the design aesthetic. Their focus is on ensuring the high quality and careful craftsmanship of each article of clothing.


VisionWalk is a national signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Now in its 13th
year, the program has raised more than $45 million to fund sight-saving research. Join tens of thousands of
people who have taken important steps toward a cure by participating in a 5K VisionWalk.

Vitrisa Therapeutics

Vitrisa Therapeutics is a privately held, venture backed biotech company located in the San Francisco Bay Area, focused on the development of optimized ocular therapeutics for rare pediatric, orphan, and major retinal diseases including Stargardt-1 and Age Related Macular Degeneration.

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