IALVS: Embracing The Latest High-Tech Low Vision Solutions

When it comes to low vision, many eye doctors aren’t trained on solutions much beyond magnifiers, causing them to give up much too early on patients for whom more advanced, high-tech solutions may be necessary.

Fortunately, our IALVS doctors are trained in the latest high-tech low vision aids to help you live the life you want to live regardless of your level of vision loss.

Take a look below to learn more about the latest advances in mobile and imaging technology to enhance your life and help you get back to reading, driving, cooking, watching TV, and much more.

Technology That Focuses on Vision

Unlike standard low vision aids that typically expand your visual field such as telescopes, specialized glasses and magnifiers, many of our low vision specialists can help you find your desired level of visual comfort and independence through high-tech low vision aids:

Wearable Devices

Wearable low vision devices are an excellent way to help you lead an independent and fulfilling life by staying in touch with loved ones, continuing to learn or work, and enjoying your everyday hobbies.

Companies such as Optelec, Zoomax and eSight offer wearable technology that uses headsets and glasses-mounted cameras to enhance and magnify what you see while you navigate the world around you in real-time.

Wearable low vision solutions from IrisVision take advantage of smartphone and virtual reality technology to present an enhanced view of the world that allows you to function independently while shopping, reading, watching TV, and more.

Auditory Solutions

Auditory solutions exist in the form of audiobooks and apps that use phone cameras to take in visual information and tell our patients about their surroundings.

Apps such as TapTapSee and Seeing AI use phone cameras to identify 2D and 3D objects, people and text, and describe them to the patient, and KNFB Reader can convert text to speech or Braille instantly and precisely.

Another product called OrCam uses a small computer attached to a mini-camera on eyeglasses. The wearer simply points to a text, a person’s face, or an object, and OrCam will identify it out loud.

An app called Learning Ally provides access to an extensive library of human-read audiobooks for learning and entertainment.

Live Low Vision Assistance

People with low vision often require assistance with small tasks that others take for granted, such as whether your clothes match, how much money is on the table, or whether you are opening a bag of crackers or pretzels.

Using phone cameras, camera equipped glasses and other similar technologies, low vision patients are now able to use solutions such as Aira and Be My Eyes to connect online with sighted assistants who can describe their surroundings or help them perform tasks around the house.

This allows patients who live on their own to enjoy the advantages of having someone around to help with certain visual tasks without having to give up their overall independence.

Are you living with low vision? Contact IALVS to connect with a qualified low-vision optometrist who can match you with the perfect high-tech device to help you maintain your independence.