There is a large selection of devices to help people with low vision. Some are “optical,” meaning that they are glass lenses such as magnifying glasses and telescopes. Others are “electronic,” meaning they use video and projection type principles to expand and clarify vision. Some are portable while others sit on a desk or table. All of these types of devices are not usually covered by insurance, but some of the simple ones may be available at little or no cost through public and private support institutions.
Optical devices, known as magnifying glasses, have limited magnification, are sensitive to lighting conditions and have a small field of view, making them more suitable for lower levels of impairment. Electronic magnifiers have integral lighting for a brighter image, greater magnification and field of view, are capable of greater contrast, and are suitable for lower to significant levels of impairment.
One way to categorize low vision devices is by their ability to enhance your vision through near, intermediate and distance magnification. Sometimes one device is appropriate for all three. Your selection will be based on your needs and goals. If you only want help with reading then near vision devices will be appropriate, but if you want to see the television or a classroom teacher, a whole different low vision product might be required.
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With video magnification any magnification size is at your reach. Incorporating adjustable magnification allows for any changes in your visual acuity and with the large range of magnification choices you can’t go wrong.
With our low vision electronic magnifiers, many color select options are available for increased contrast. Depending on your eye condition, certain text and background color combinations allow for ease of reading. All Enhanced Vision solutions incorporate 2 to 7 color select options. One of the color select options is black and white. It will convert anything you are viewing to a black and white image for increased contrast.
Our low vision electronic magnifiers are also available with horizontal and vertical line markers. These line markers provide a reference point when reading. See the difference today!
Our Merlin Plus (with included feature kit) and our Merlin desktop electronic magnifiers with the addition of a feature kit, offer the ability of horizontal and vertical windowing. This feature allows you to totally isolate the text you are viewing for complete legibility.
With video magnification you are able to see more of the sentence. This is achieved by a large field of view which optimizes your remaining vision. This feature is very beneficial for users who love to read. The difference is clear!
With video magnification the image quality is never compromised. This is achieved by the auto focus technology which gives you a clear & crisp picture at any magnification level instantly. You will no longer have to hold a magnifier over your reading material! Just place the material under the camera and with a turn of the dial magnification is achieved.