Visual Aids and Devices

People with low vision are commonly told “there is nothing more that can be done”, however for most people there are life changing visual aids that will allow them to regain their independence and enjoy many of the tasks that they enjoyed before vision loss. Each person has different needs and navigating the many options can be difficult or overwhelming. Our low vision optometrist can help you find the right devices to match each patient's needs and budget.


What Kinds of Visual Devices Help People with Low Vision?

Low vision can be caused by many conditions including diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and inoperable cataracts. The diagnosis refers to deficits that cannot be corrected with standard measures. People with low vision struggle with daily activities and routine tasks. 

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It is important to visit a low vision optometrist to help you navigate your way around the wide variety of available devices, in order to find the right devices for your individual needs that match your budget. Visual aids and devices include the following:

  • Magnifiers: Magnifiers can be standard or attachable to a computer screen. They can be hand-held or mounted. A CCTV is a visual aid device that uses an electronic magnifier.
  • Lighting: Proper lighting is essential for low vision. LED lights are popular among people with this condition.
  • Telescopes: These can be handheld or mounted and are used for distance vision. 
  • Hardware: Computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices feature settings that can be modified to enlarge or magnify the screen, and to change color, contrast, and brightness. Additional options include screens to reduce glare or provide magnification, keyboards with large numbers, and using command options in place of a mouse.
  • Glasses: Low vision glasses include bioptics for long-distance viewing, prismatics for reading, and microscopic versions for close-up work.
  • CCTV: An electronic magnification technology which projects images on a monitor. 
  • Assistive Technology Devices: These range from voice-recognition to virtual assistance programs like SIRI, text-to-speech, and speech-to-text. 
  • Audio Books: Bookworms may enjoy having works read to them by talented voice actors. Many companies offer audio books in a variety of categories that can be easily accessed online. They may be an enjoyable alternative for low vision readers. 
  • Tints: These can assist with color contrast
  • High tech devices: Include such devices as OrCam, eSight, and Iris Vision for advanced improvement in visual acuity.
  • Prisms: These can shift an image from the damaged region of the eye to a new focal point.

If you have low vision, there are many visual aids to assist you with daily activities and to improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with our low vision optometrist who has in depth knowledge and experience in helping people navigate these options.

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Visual Aids and Devices

The following article addresses the wide variety of visual aids and equipment that are available today to assist people with low vision. Our Low Vision Optometrist can help you find the right device for you to help you regain visual activity and independence. 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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