Low Vision Aids or LVAs refer to a vast array of devices such as stand and hand-held magnifiers, strong magnifying reading glasses, loupes, and small telescopes that assist users with low vision. Available at prescription strengths the devices are designed with greater magnification, feature higher-quality optics and are different from regular glasses and commercially available magnifiers.
Low vision aids are designed for individual tasks. It may be helpful to consider them as tools that assist with specific tasks. Depending on your requirements you may be prescribed a variety of different LVAs to help with various tasks. For example, a certain device may be used for reading, another for watching TV or a separate device for activities that require close up vision.
There are a number of different types of LVAs that can assist the user at home, such as:
This is one of the most common types of magnifiers available. The lens is held away from the object and the device has a handle and many handheld magnifiers have built-in lighting options. Available in a range of sizes, some are pocket-size which may assist for tasks outside of the home such as shopping.
Stand magnifiers have built in legs which allow them to stand on the page and maintain correct distance and focus between the lens and the text. These can be particularly useful if your hands are shaky. Stand magnifiers are commonly available as plug-in options or can be fitted with batteries.
A portable option, Brightfield/flatfield magnifiers look like a a paperweight or a ruler with a dome. They are designed to be placed flat onto the page and are moved across the page by the tead allowing for line by line magnification of the text. These are bar or dome magnifiers that look like a paperweight or a shaped ruler.
A hands-free option, these magnifiers are useful for hobbies like knitting or when you need to be able to use your hands.
Binoculars & Monoculars
Smaller a lighter than ordinary telescopic systems. They can be useful for tasks and activities like reading bus numbers and notice boards or visiting the theatre.
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