Electronic Magnifiers and Magnifying Systems

By Bryan Gerritsen, M.A., CLVT Edited by Maureen A. Duffy, M.S., CVRT What Are Electronic Magnifying Systems? Electronic Desktop Magnifiers Portable Digital Magnifiers Before You Purchase an Electronic Magnifier Smartphones for Reading More Information What Are Electronic Magnifying Systems? Electronic magnifying systems come in many different varieties and sizes, depending upon the task or activity … Continued

Quick Tips on Using a Hand-Held Magnifier

Quick Tips on Using a Hand-Held Magnifier Get the most out of your hand-held magnifier. When using a magnifier, hold your magnifier very close to your eye. Quick tips on using a hand-held magnifier: Hold your magnifier close to your eye to increase your field of view and increase the number of words you can … Continued

Using Video Magnifiers and Screen Readers Video

Transcript of Video NARRATOR 1: Chip Lanning and Carol Clem sitting in an office. A monitor, scanner, and video magnifier are on the desk. NARRATOR 2: Advances in technology are allowing more people with vision loss, like Carol Ann Clem, to maximize their usable vision and maintain independence. Here, technology specialist Chip Lanning instructs Carol … Continued

How to Use a Video Magnifier (CCTV)

How to use a video magnifier (CCTV). Transcript of Video NARRATOR: Two men facing a screen displaying a newspaper. CHIP: Okay, Damian, what we’re looking at here is a video magnifier, or a CCTV, a closed-circuit television. What we’re looking at is the next step up from, like, a hand-held magnifier, and, again, this is … Continued

Consumers Want to Know: How can I Test My Blood Sugar and Give Myself Insulin When I am Visually Impaired?

In Part 1 of this series I discussed good diabetes management. In this post, Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDE, who works for the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired as a diabetes educator, shares the “thumb-guide technique” she developed and states, “Many people with low vision or no vision are successful in … Continued

Consumers Want to Know: How Can I Manage My Diabetes with Vision Loss

Many people with diabetes are living with some degree of vision loss caused by their disease and this can make diabetes self-care more difficult. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 12,000 to 24,000 people in the United States lose their vision to diabetic retinopathy each year. Diabetes also raises the risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, … Continued

The Road to Independence through Remote Learning

Celebrate Independence Day by regaining yours if you’ve lost vision. You may think that’s not possible, especially now with COVID-19 concerns. Lenore Dillon, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and VisionAware Peer Advisor, puts these fears to rest in this series on remaining independent with vision loss while learning remotely. Anyone who has recently been diagnosed with vision … Continued