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EyeReader is an iOS app which uses the iPhone camera to magnify text and the phone's LED light to illuminate it, making it possible to read small print under low light conditions.

From the website: "EyeReader is a unique reading magnifier that utilizes the LED light of the the iPhone, providing a solution to the problem of reading small print in dark areas --- like reading menus in restaurants. Now optimized for iOS 8."




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Discussion and Reviews


from Sylvia (member) at March 25, 2015

The built-in light in the phone is very bright, however with this app you can dim or brighten the LED light by swiping one finger left or right on phone screen. Further, it is easy to zoom in on the image (by placing two fingers on the screen and separating them) to get just the magnification you need.



from Busybee (member) at November 23, 2018

Would this be useful for reading those tiny price/unit labels on grocery store shelves?




from Joan Edelstein (unverified) at May 07, 2020

This is an incredibly easy to use app. As soon as you click on the app, the magnification and light start, so there’s nothing else to do.The help icon provides information about how to turn the light off and on, how to take pictures, and choose how long to allow the light to stay on. All that scrolls slowly in readable text. Once on, the text is clear and I don’t have to go searching to find it in the same way I do with the phone magnifier on the iPhone it’s easy to adjust the text size by pinching. Having a light on at the same time makes it all even easier. I love this app and about to share it with friends.


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Key words: 
reading, EyeReader, app, magnifier, visual aid