What is low vision?
A person with low vision is to have vision impairment (worse than 6/18) even after medical or surgical treatment or even with spectacle correction.
Low vision can be caused by many eye conditions, like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and even after a stroke.
Low vision aids are devices to help low vision patients to use the remaining of their useful vision for different tasks to enhance their quality of life.
Optical low vision aids
Magnifier for Writing
This enables a low vision patient to write letters or sign cheques more easily with pen attached to a magnifier.
Rimless Stand Magnifier
This magnifier comes with a clip-on base for stability and an adjustable neck so as to make reading or seeing small objects more comfortable.
It has the ability to enhance your reading experience with a large field of view, and it glides effortlessly across your books, newspapers or magazines. Also, it permits more light to illuminate the object viewed.
Hand-held magnifier with LED light
With this convenient and light-weight device, enabling you to adjust it at variable lengths for different tasks which is ideal for reading a menu in a dimly-lit restaurant or looking at price tags and expiry dates. It also comes with LED light which is battery operated.
This flexible credit card sized magnifying card is ideal for everyday use to enlarge fine print. It comes in A4 size as well.
Low Vision TV glasses
Instead of going very close to the TV, why not try a pair of low vision TV glasses which comes with adjustable magnification for each individual eye to enable comfortable TV viewing?
Other Low Vision Techniques and Devices
Besides having optical low vision aids, there are other techniques and devices to aid day to day life easier.
Large print newspapers, books and magazines (Large-print Bibles or Reader’s Digest magazines)
Talking watches, clocks
Smart phones which enable voice over and increasing font sizes
Computer software to enlarge the icons or reading material
Lighting can also play a part for people with low vision; brighter light may allow more comfortable reading.
If you require further assistance:
Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped
47, Toa Payoh Rise, Singapore 298104
Tel: (+65) 6251-4331
Info Line: (+65) 62529116 – Infomation service
Guide Dogs Associated of the Blind
10 Anson Road
International Plaza, #21-09
Tel: 6423 0217