From high tech to low tech!
There are many assistive technology devices and solutions — from high tech to low tech and at a range of prices — that can make your world easier to negotiate. There are also basic tools available that can help with everyday tasks and make a world of difference.
We asked Lighthouse Guild experts to compile a list of some of the latest assistive technology and some tried and true solutions for people who are blind or have low vision.
Interested in Tech?
Lighthouse Guild advises that anyone interested in using technology should get an exam by a vision specialist to assess your needs, offer recommendations and write a referral for a Technology Evaluation by an Occupational Therapistat Lighthouse Guild.
We recommend that this evaluation be conducted by one of Lighthouse Guild’s Low Vision Optometrists, who have specialized training and are well versed in the latest technological devices. However, your current eye care specialist (usually an Ophthalmologist) may be able to refer you directly for a Lighthouse Guild Technology Evaluation by our Occupational Therapists. For information on getting an assessment go to the Technology Center Q&A.
To help with reading and navigating surroundings.
This cutting-edge technology reads text aloud. The mini-flashlight-size device can be adjusted to capture an entire page, a small portion of text, or the results of a specific search. It achieves precision focus by using two lasers and linking with an online or offline Bluetooth device.
Pairing the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone with stylish, sunglass-style spectacles, IrisVision is designed to simulate a full visual view by filling in missing areas of sight.
eSight Smart Glasses
By projecting images onto high-resolution screens (one per eye), these modified glasses deliver full binocular vision. Rechargeable, they typically function for at least three hours on a single charge.
Created to compensate for central vision loss, these glasses use special lenses that magnify and project the full visual field onto an unscathed portion of the retina, simulating full-field vision. Some wearers have reported seeing their loved ones’ faces for the first time in years, and being able to read, watch television, and cook without relying on “side vision.”
Warn like a wristwatch, Sunu vibrates when an object or person comes too close. Meant to provide extra protection to the head and upper body, which can be left vulnerable while using a cane or guide dog.
Optilec ClearView GO Video Magnifier
ClearView GO offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier but in a compact and foldable design. It is the ideal solution for people who need magnification at different locations. Its foldable design makes it easy to store or take on the go.
Humanware explorē 8 Video Magnifier
An 8-inch touchscreen digital handheld magnifier available for desktop or distance viewing. Magnifying up to 30X with stunning image quality, it has all the benefits of a large screen in a very compact package.
Freedom Scientific Onyx Deskset HD
A portable video magnifier that adapts to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work, and at home. The design integrates a high-definition camera and monitor to help the user see, whether it’s across the room or at their desk. The 3-in-1 flexible camera provides document reading, distance viewing, and self-viewing modes with versatile controls.
Low Tech Gifts
Simple solutions that make a huge difference.
Verilux Smart Lamp
Gooseneck-style lighting is very helpful for people with low vision as it can be raised and lowered in order to direct the light for reading and tasks.
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