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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Spend 2018 Integrating 'Smart' Technology Into Your Home

January 8, 2018 1:20 am

You don't have to have a brand new 'smart home' to enjoy the convenience, safety, and peace of mind that smart technology can deliver. The new year will present an exciting time for homeowners hoping to integrate the latest smart home tech in the form of gadgets and apps.

For example, one of's "Top 20 High Tech Best Must-Have Gadgets for 2018" is the smart video doorbell from dbell ($139) that enables you to check who is at the door from your smartphone.

You can monitor it from your tablet, PC or TV, and every time a visitor presses the doorbell, the wireless and WiFi connected dbell lets you answer the door from wherever you are.

Lauren Smith at says the No. 1 item in her "Smart Home Tech Solutions For 2018" is the August Smart Lock ($139), which offers keyless access to your home with iOS and Android smartphones. And since it's battery-powered, it's always on.

Mike Prospero at says his choices for "Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2018" include a simple and inexpensive way to make any device "smart." Control the power going to the TP-Link HS105 plug from your smartphone, wherever you are, for around $30.

Prospero likes that the TP-Link's Kasa app also lets you create a schedule to turn the plug on and off, and has an "Away" mode that will turn your devices on to make it look like you're home. It can also be linked to other smart home devices, such as Alexa and Google Home.

Eric Griffith and Alex Colon at PC Magazine weighed in, as well, reporting that for 2018, the new Ecobee4 has added built-in Amazon Alexa voice service capabilities to its temperature, humidity, motion, and proximity sensors ($250). That means the 'smart' thermostat can do everything the Amazon Echo and its siblings can, such as control smart devices, shop, play music, and hear the latest news and weather, all using Alexa voice commands.

And if you have a home with lots of windows, window vacuums that are all the rage overseas are starting to catch on in the U.S. points to the Karcher line (starting around $50) as a point of reference.

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Are You at Risk for Glaucoma?

January 8, 2018 1:20 am

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month in the U.S., and the experts at Lighthouse Guild have some tips for maintaining your eye health and staying on top of glaucoma detection.

Get a Yearly Eye Exam. Early detection and treatment are crucial. Comprehensive dilated eye exams can help detect glaucoma in its early stages, possibly preventing it from causing further harm and loss of vision. If glaucoma is diagnosed, your eye doctor may prescribe medicated eye drops, conventional or laser surgery, or a combination of both.

Dr. Laura Sperraza, director of low vision services at Lighthouse Guild, says, "The only way glaucoma and other eye diseases can be detected early is through an eye examination. Even if you don't notice changes in your vision, yearly exams should be a priority."

Warning Signs. There are often no warning signs of glaucoma. As the disease progresses, symptoms may include:
-Subtle loss of contrast (the ability to distinguish objects from their background). Diminished contrast sensitivity may affect your ability to detect curbs or steps.
-Difficulty driving at night.
-Progressive loss of peripheral vision increases risk when crossing streets, if moving vehicles are outside your line of vision, and may also cause falls.

Are You at Risk? Anyone can develop glaucoma, but you’re at greater risk if you’re over 40, or if you’re of African, Hispanic or Asian heritage. Diabetes, high blood pressure and a family history of glaucoma are also risk factors.

Source: Lighthouse Guild

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