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Low Vision Devices

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We are committed to providing low vision evaluations for individuals across the state. Patients with low vision or vision impairment for which glasses, contact lenses, or medical treatments cannot correct their vision, visual assistive equipment may be prescribed to help maximize their remaining vision.

Visual assistive equipment is available for purchase at our Commonwealth optometry clinic. These include optical devices, electronic devices, and non-optical devices.

What different kinds of low vision devices are available?

  • Optical devices may include magnification devices such as hand held magnifiers, stand magnifiers, spectacle magnifiers, and reading telescopes.
  • Electronic devices include video magnifiers that allow the viewer to modify the image shown adjusting text color, brightness, and contrast.
  • Non-optical devices provide adaptive aids to assist individuals with low vision in their day-to-day tasks. These include lighting devices, reading stands, large-print books, talking clocks, color-coded pill boxes, voice-recording organizers and more.

How do I know what device I need? 

  1. Set up an appointment with one of our doctors in the low vision rehabilitation service.
  2. Discuss what the particular tasks and difficulties you have on account of your vision. Our low vision optometrist will then create a customized rehabilitation plan to suite your needs.
  3. As part of your rehabilitation plan, our low vision optometrists will determine what visual assistive equipment is most appropriate. They consider factors such as distance and time. They also consider lighting, or illumination.
    1. How much distance is between you and what you will be viewing? Looking at something near, an arm’s length or in the distance requires different approaches.
    2. How long will you be using the device? Using the magnification device for a short term or an extended period of time makes a difference.
    3. Do you need additional lighting for reading or viewing something?
  4. Visit our Commonwealth office to  schedule your initial low vision evaluation.

Learn more about low vision devices.

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