Vision Tools


This is the topic hub where we collect the results of our explorations and research relating to vision. The theme is seeking tools and gadgets that can postpone the time at which vision issues get in the way of living life.


As we grow older, vision deteriorates. It starts with needing reading glasses (presbyopia) — which afflicts most of us over the age of fifty. And various eye conditions, like cataracts and macular degeneration, can make seeing clearly increasingly difficult as we age. Luckily, there are various tools and assistive devices that can help compensate for imperfect vision, including magnifiers, low vision apps, and a variety of more or less complex low vision devices.

This work is designed to complement any advice you may receive from your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Please start by consulting a medical professional to help understand what specific vision issues apply to you. 


Where to Start

For an excellent overview of Low Vision Aids, Adaptations and Resources, read this article by Dr. Marlena Chu.





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Low Vision: Aids, Adaptations & Resources

People with low vision often benefit from adaptations, low vision aids and devices, and supportive resources for their daily activities. This article is about these tools.



Low Vision Apps for iPhone and Android

Low Vision App Overview

Here is an overview of useful Apps for people with Low Vision. It includes Low Vision Apps for the iPhone and for Android devices.



Lighted Magnifier: Read menus in dim light

Reading under poor lighting conditions is a common problem, not only for reading menus, but also for reading in bed, or seeing small type in a poorly lit space. What is needed is some type of lighted magnifier. There are four categories of solutions for this common problem. The pro’s and con’s of each solution are detailed below, as well as in the individual product listings we link to.



Improving Cinema Experience for the Vision Impaired

I recently became aware of an entire ecosystem of services to help people with all levels of vision impairment enjoy movies. These services provide an audio description of the visual scene. It's a bit like subtitles, but for the blind. Of course these services can help those with other vision impairments as well. This article explains how this all works.



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Last Updated: April 19, 2020.