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A guide to electronic magnifiers for low vision

Living with visual impairments or low vision can be challenging. However, new technology has created innovative ways to improve vision.

What is an electronic magnifier and how do they work?

An electronic magnifier is a powerful tool designed to assist with visual impairments or low vision.

They are sometimes referred to as video magnifiers or digital magnifiers.

They use high-resolution cameras and display screens to magnify and display text or objects. The camera captures an image and sends it to the screen. This allows the user to view the magnified image in real-time.

Unlike a traditional magnifying glass, magnification levels can be adjusted, colour contrast can be customized, and some models even have built-in lighting for optimized visibility.

Some magnifiers are also able to take a picture of the subject and convert it into audio if you would prefer to listen out loud to a piece of text.

Benefits and uses of electronic magnifiers

Many people with low vision use electronic magnifiers for reading books, newspapers, prescription labels, and other fine prints.

They can also help when viewing photographs, engaging in hobbies such as crafts or sewing, and viewing menus and important documents.

By providing enhanced visual clarity, they empower you to maintain your independence and actively engage in daily life. They give you the freedom to access information and pursue your interests with confidence, ultimately enhancing your overall quality of life.

Types of electronic magnifiers

Electronic magnifiers come in various forms to suit different needs and preferences.

  • Handheld portable magnifiers, resembling a smartphone or tablet, provide portability and convenience.

  • For extended reading or detailed tasks, desktop electronic magnifiers with larger screens offer stability and enhanced viewing experiences

Electronic magnifiers for macular degeneration

Macular degeneration can affect the centre of your vision field by blurring lines and making objects seem smaller than they are. It can also make colours seem less bright.

Electronic magnifiers offer high levels of magnification, customizable contrast options, and superior image quality. These features make them particularly effective for individuals with macular degeneration.

How much are electronic magnifiers?

The cost of electronic magnifiers can vary. This depends on the model, brand, magnification levels, camera resolution and extra features, such as adjustable contrast or built-in lighting.

Generally, handheld portable magnifiers range from £300 to £700.

Whilst more advanced models with larger screens and additional features can range from £600 to £2000.

To support you in improving your vision, you can now get a 5% discount on Optelec Electronic Magnifiers by using the code TOC5 at checkout.

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