Low Vision Aids
When standard eyeglasses cannot provide you with sufficient vision, and medical treatment, such as surgery, is not a suitable option for you – it’s time to consult with our eye doctor in Rochester about the most helpful low vision aids! Low vision aids and devices come in a wide range of designs and powers. From simple handheld magnifying lenses to advanced electronic devices, our recommendations are personalized to meet your lifestyle needs and diverse visual requirements.
Optimal eye care for low vision begins with a thorough eye exam by an eye doctor or low vision expert. This eye exam is not the same as routine vision testing or an eye health exam; the results will help our Rochester optometrist match you with the ideal low vision aids available in our Rochester, New York office. Regardless of whether Low Vision is due to macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or another visual impairment, there is a low vision device to improve your independence and quality of life.
Computers And Low Vision
The internet has become one of the most valuable resources, allowing us to stay in touch, read the news, and see photos of our grand kids. For patients with visual impairment computer usage can be difficult or even near impossible.
Luckily there are many options out there that help people with low vision use computers.
Our low vision eye doctor will talk with you about the specific requirements that your vision impairment necessitates, and will advise you on the best software for your particular needs.
Some common features that many patients require are:
- Easily zooming in and out of images and text.
- Automatic talking or reading of the text and options in a loud and clear voice.
- A special set up for your mouse or keyboard.
- The ability to change contrast, color, and flicker on your monitor.
CCTVs (close circuit tv) sometimes called digital magnifiers, are good for some people. However, most are not portable. They are usually bulky and a patient must sit at a desk or table to use it. They can not sit in their favorite chair.
Patients cannot take digital magnifiers with them to the store and see tags on a dress or see a soup can. They also can be as expensive as a telescope. From our experience digital magnifiers are very limited in their usage and portability making them a less than ideal choice for the average patient.
Hand Held Magnifiers
Our Optometrist generally does not recommend hand held magnifiers. Each week we have patients arrive with a bag overflowing with handheld magnifiers that they have purchased but cannot use. And if they are older and their hands shake, hand magnifiers are difficult to hold for longer periods of time.
In many cases when they are reading they must juggle keeping the hand magnifier steady and holding the reading material steady, and turning pages, which can be difficult and most definitely makes reading a chore. Then, if they want to write something, they do not have a 3rd hand.
With a reading telescope their hands are free to hold reading material and a pencil if needed, and is the preferred choice.