Sadly, when you’re diagnosed with low vision, not even advances in modern medicine can restore your vision to its normal level. But there’s hope in the form of low vision aids that will improve your quality of life when used properly.
But before buying and using any of these low vision aids, you have to discuss your options with an eye care professional, preferably an optometrist or ophthalmologist, at Pearle Vision. Your unique needs in these products have to be carefully considered and only the best aids will be recommended for your use. You may also need training in using some of these aids.
These use the principles of magnification in making objects look larger and, thus, easier to see for a person with low vision. There are several choices that you and your eye care professional can discuss.
- Magnifying spectacles are similar to eyeglasses so you can keep your hands free to perform other tasks. You can use these aids for close-up work, such as threading a needle, painting a canvas, and reading a book.
- Hand magnifiers are designed to improve vision among people with varying levels of vision. Like stand magnifiers, many models also have built-in lights.
- Stand magnifiers have a stand that can be placed above the thing you’re looking at. These may come with built-in lights so you can see better at the object. These are most useful for people who have arthritis or tremors since there’s no need to hold the magnifier.
- Telescopes are obviously used for seeing objects or people at a longer distance. Depending on the design, a pair of telescopes can be held like binoculars or attached to eyeglasses.
Your optometrist or ophthalmologist will recommend one or more of these optical aids depending on your case. You may, for example, use magnifying spectacles for close-up tasks and telescopes for seeing far objects.
The non-optical aids are useful for everyday tasks, usually as a complement to the optical aids. Many of these devices can also be used without optical aids mainly because of their large prints and talking features.
- Talking items eliminate the need to look at the object. These include blood sugar kits, blood pressure monitors, watches and timers.
- Telephones, remotes and thermostats can also have large-sized fonts and high contrast for their numbers and alphabets. You will then have an easier time reading them.
- Books, newspapers and magazines, even bank checks, can be printed in large print.
Other devices include video magnifiers, electronic books and audio books, and computers with read-aloud feature. You can even find apps that make seeing objects easier even with your low vision.