Visual Aids and Devices

People with low vision are commonly told “there is nothing more that can be done”, however for most people there are life changing visual aids that will allow them to regain their independence and enjoy many of the tasks that they enjoyed before vision loss. Each person has different needs and navigating the many options can be difficult or overwhelming. Our low vision optometrist can help you find the right devices to match each patient's needs and budget.


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What Kinds of Visual Devices Help People with Low Vision?

Low vision can be caused by many conditions including diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and inoperable cataracts. The diagnosis refers to deficits that cannot be corrected with standard measures. People with low vision struggle with daily activities and routine tasks. 

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It is important to visit a low vision optometrist to help you navigate your way around the wide variety of available devices, in order to find the right devices for your individual needs that match your budget. Visual aids and devices include the following:

  • Magnifiers: Magnifiers can be standard or attachable to a computer screen. They can be hand-held or mounted. A CCTV is a visual aid device that uses an electronic magnifier.
  • Lighting: Proper lighting is essential for low vision. LED lights are popular among people with this condition.
  • Telescopes: These can be handheld or mounted and are used for distance vision. 
  • Hardware: Computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices feature settings that can be modified to enlarge or magnify the screen, and to change color, contrast, and brightness. Additional options include screens to reduce glare or provide magnification, keyboards with large numbers, and using command options in place of a mouse.
  • Glasses: Low vision glasses include bioptics for long-distance viewing, prismatics for reading, and microscopic versions for close-up work.
  • CCTV: An electronic magnification technology which projects images on a monitor. 
  • Assistive Technology Devices: These range from voice-recognition to virtual assistance programs like SIRI, text-to-speech, and speech-to-text. 
  • Audio Books: Bookworms may enjoy having works read to them by talented voice actors. Many companies offer audio books in a variety of categories that can be easily accessed online. They may be an enjoyable alternative for low vision readers. 
  • Tints: These can assist with color contrast
  • High tech devices: Include such devices as OrCam, eSight, and Iris Vision for advanced improvement in visual acuity.
  • Prisms: These can shift an image from the damaged region of the eye to a new focal point.

If you have low vision, there are many visual aids to assist you with daily activities and to improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with our low vision optometrist who has in depth knowledge and experience in helping people navigate these options.

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Hi-Tech Visual Aids For Visual Impairment

The following article addresses a variety of hi-tech visual aids for people with low vision. Our low vision doctor has extensive experience in helping people select the appropriate visual devices for their needs. Learn about hi-tech visual aids.

Hands-free Telescopes for Low Vision

The following article discusses the wide variety of hands-free telescopic devices that are available for people with low vision, as well as the many benefits of using these devices over hand-held options. Learn more about hands-free telescopic devices.

Using a Computer and Phone with Low Vision

This article discusses the problems low vision patients experience when using computers, smartphones, and other digital devices, with suggestions for them on how to improve the use of these devices. Learn more about these low vision devices.

Hands-Free Magnification: Telescopic, Microscopic, and Prismatic Low Vision Glasses

Low vision patients may benefit from hands-free vision devices for improving their quality of life. Such options include the use of microscopic, prismatic, and telescopic glasses.

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