High tech devices for low vision (ESIGHT, IRIS vision, ORCAM)

As technology advances, so too do the types of devices available to low vision patients. Several companies in particular offer particularly advanced devices for use by low vision patients.

High tech devices for low vision (ESIGHT, IRIS vision, ORCAM) in Hixson

Types of High-Tech Devices for Low Vision

These days, though the number of people with low vision has increased, there is an increasing variety of helpful, high-tech devices for low vision patients. 

Low vision devices provide patients with increased magification and aid by focusing the light entering the eyes to areas less affected by whatever condition has caused their low vision. These conditions include macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. Traumatic brain injuries can also lead to significant visual field reductions that require extra assistance.

Types of devices that are used for low vision include telescopes (such as telescopic lenses that can be added to glasses), specialized glasses such as E-scoops, prismatic glasses for reading, and magnifiers (which can be both stationary and portable.)

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Companies Offering Quality Low Vision Aids

There are several brands which make high quality low vision aids that can be a great help to patients.


OrCam produces cutting edge devices such as the MyEye, which is a wearable device that can help read text, recognize faces, and more, the OrCam Read, a handheld AI reader which can easily read lengthy text. 

OrCam MyEye’s camera can be easily clipped onto your glasses, or, if you don’t wear glasses, you can get frames with your OrCam. Connected discretely to a power supply you can fit in your pocket, it has the aabiltiy to read words aloud to you through a small speaker next to your ear.

Its ability to read text in any setting, convey it to your ear, and its abiltiy to recognize faces, allows it to dramatically increase your quality of life despite low vision. 

Both of these OrCam devices are now capable of being voice operated, for extra ease of use.

IRIS Vision

IRIS Vision

IRIS Vision makes use of the latest available technologies, from wearable mobile devices to augmented reality technology, to create devices, such as headsets, which provide low vision patients with increased vision assistance.

Utilizing a new, advanced, virtual reality headset, IRIS vision can, in effect, serve as your eyes. Featuring large screens, vivid color, a larger field of view than most other low vision aids, and auto-focusing capabiltiy to allow it to help you with tasks as all distances, IRIS Vision provides more versatile low vision assistance than anything else out there.

IRIS Vision’s software also allow for future upgrades as needed, meaning it will be able to serve you well for a long time and only get more effective.

IRIS Vision


eSight makes electronic eyewear for low vision patients which stimulate synaptic activity from the remaining photoreceptor function in the patient’s eyes utilizing smart algorithms, high resolution screens, and cutting edge cameras. It differs in this way from many other devices, as it is maximizing the use of your remaining vision as opposed to working around those limitations via cameras or other devices.

This combines to maximize the visual information that reaches the brain to compensate for gaps in the wearer’s field of view caused by low vision. With the assistance of eSight, many patients even manage to achieve 20/20 visual acuity.

eSight is also constantly developing upgrades and newer low vision devices to provide the maximum possible assistance for you

What Low Vision Device is Right For Me?

Everyone’s situation is unique, as are the solutions to the problem. For this reason, it’s vital to see a doctor for a comprehensive vision exam prior to purchasing any low vision aid. The exam will allow the doctor to determine the nature of your condition, and provide recommendations as to treatment options and low vision devices.


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Today, there is no shortage of high quality, high-tech low vision aids that can tremendously help patients, from companies including OcCam, IRIS Vision, eSight, and more. If you are suffering from low vision and are interested in exploring a high tech solution, you can contact Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga at (423) 710 3965 to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Patients with low vision visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of low vision services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.

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Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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