Low Vision Aids

Low Vision Aids:

Finding a way to read comfortably is one of the most difficult challenges for visually impaired people. Many give it up altogether, because what used to be an enjoyable, effortless activity now requires thought, preparation and a lot of adjustment.

>>   The most affordable are handheld magnifiers, some of which contain small reading lamps for better illumination. Other magnifiers are mounted on height-adjustable stands or hang around the neck

>>   Strong reading glasses come in full- or half-lens styles. Or you can obtain bifocal eyeglasses with high-power reading lens segments.

>>   For many people with low vision, increasing the amount and type of ambient light can greatly improve reading ability.

>>   Natural sunlight is the best lighting for reading. Arrange furniture so the person with low vision can sit near a window for daytime reading. For artificial lighting, purchase "full-spectrum" incandescent bulbs. These bulbs emit light that more closely mimics natural sunlight than regular incandescent bulbs.

>>   Avoid harsh fluorescent lighting, which can cause glare.

>>   These other non-optical devices include:

>>   large-print cookbooks;

>>   large-numbered playing cards, clocks, telephones and watches;

>>   electronic "talking" clocks, kitchen timers, thermometers, blood pressure meters and even pill bottles;

>>   large felt-tip pens and wide-lined paper for writing notes;

>>   wallets that separate different bill denominations into different pockets;

>>   color-coded pill boxes;

>>   voice-recording electronic organizers;

>>  signature guides.

Your low vision specialist will also be able to recommend retail sources for non-optical adaptive aids.