There are a lot of tools and technologies that can help you maintain independence and quality of life. The key is figuring out which ones are the best for your personal needs, and what you’re looking for in your quality of life. A low vision aid will help you determine which type you need the most, opto-electronic systems.

What is Low Vision Aids?

Low-vision devices are for people with low vision to improve their visual performance and support academic and social adaptation. They can be optical or opto-electronic.

Daily aids

The range of low-vision aids is extensive and can provide practical solutions to your daily living and working environment. You can even find apps that can help you see light or shadows. Some examples of these aids are as follows:

Magnifiers

It’s important to remember that there are many different magnifiers. What do you use? Hand-held magnifiers, pocket magnifiers, fixed-stand magnifiers, clip-on magnifiers or desk-top magnifiers.

Label makers

There are several ways to label things, including labels that you tie on or stick on. It can be useful, for example, to have a label in your clothing that says whether it is blue or black. Using big labels may help when differentiating between containers or food products.

Talking aids

You can purchase a variety of appliances and devices, such as talking scales, microwaves, clocks, watches, calculators, and thermometers.

Lighting

There are many reasons for using a flashlight. You can use it to provide extra light when you’re out and about or to make your home feel cozier by lighting up work and reading areas.

Reading aids

A lot of smartphones, tablets, and computers have programs that can read text aloud. E-readers are also very popular as a way of reading digital books. Digital books can be more expensive than physical books, but it’s worth it for the convenience. Reading stands and large print books can also help with reading.

Games

Purchase items like large print playing cards, puzzles, and board games.

Sewing aids

Magnifying lamps and other items like needle threaders are useful when sewing and other crafts that require good vision.

Writing aids

Notetakers and line guides can be useful, but they have their limits too.

Computer aids

The ability to magnify the screen, use screen-reading software, and use large print keyboards is a common concern for anyone with vision impairment when using a computer. Many devices – like smartphones and tablets – will allow you to increase the size of fonts on your screen.

Other aids

Low vision specialists also provide other useful products like coin counters, note organizers, measuring cups and mugs, etc.

Low Vision Technology

Low vision technology can be a wonderful resource. As you navigate life with low vision, you’ll find that your low vision assessment provider can recommend the most helpful devices for you. They can also give one-on-one or group training on how to use these devices. Two of the most common helpful devices are smartphones and tablets.

Smartphones

Smartphones offer a number of accessibility features to help people with vision loss. For example, voice navigation allows you to use the phone by giving commands through speech. Furthermore, magnification is available for the phone’s interface and talking GPS for navigation.

Tablets

Tablets are portable wireless computers with a touch screen. They work similarly to a smartphone, but because the screen is larger, using the tablet may be easier.

Apps

Technology has come a long way in recent years, making it easier to be a person with a disability. There are apps for smartphones and tablets that will help anyone with vision loss. Some of these include apps to manage medications and medical appointments and match them with a sighted volunteer who can help them navigate their environment. Your low vision provider or Macular Disease Foundation Australia should be able to recommend some helpful apps.