Recommended Low Vision Aids
Familiar to most people and are available in varying strengths. Reading material is not necessarily held as close to the face as with magnifying spectacles.Some models come with a built-in light.
Rest directly on the reading material, keeping the lens at the proper distance from the page. Useful for patients with a tremor or arthritis.
For seeing objects or reading signs that are far away. They can be handheld like a pair of regular binoculars or mounted on a pair of eyeglasses.
Electronic devices that use a camera and television screen to enlarge printed material, pictures, or small objects. They are adjustable and can enhance the material by making the print appear darker
Lighting and Glare
Good lighting and glare control are very important. Use a bright light when reading and adjust for the greatest visibility without glare.
Stronger light bulbs in darkly lit areas make tasks like cooking, dressing, and stairs easier. Wearing a hat with a wide brim or tinted wraparound sunglasses can shield from dazzling and annoying overhead lights or sunlight.
Stronger than ordinary glasses. Can be used for near tasks, such as reading or threading a needle. The printed page or object must be held closer than usual to keep things in focus. One advantage is that your hands remain free to hold reading materials or perform tasks.
Other Low-Vision Devices and Techniques
- Electronic books, e-book readers and audio books
- Large-print books, newspapers, magazines, playing cards, and banking checks
- High-contrast and large number telephones, thermostats, watches, and remote controls; talking watches, timers, books, and medical devices
- Bold-tipped markers for easy-to-read shopping and phone number lists
- Computers that can magnify (on screen or on paper) any printed material or picture, or that read aloud what is viewed on screen
- Sitting closer to the television (this will not damage your eyes)
Low Vision Clinics and Rehabilitation Agencies
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