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Low Vision Non-Optical Aids

There are hundreds of devices that can help people with low vision manage their everyday living tasks. Readily available locally and through catalogs, these devices can be very helpful for someone with low vision.

For example:

  • Bright-colored bump dots can be put on an oven dial so someone with low vision can easily find the 350-degree mark
  • Talking products, such as clocks, watches, and microwaves, can be a great substitute for using our eyes
  • Large print clocks, newspapers, calendars and more can be great for those who need just a little larger text
  • There are aids that thread needles, keep socks together, and help keep track of medication
  • For the exercise-conscious, even pedometers have learned to talk!

To help with writing:

  • There are signature, letter, and envelope guides
  • Bold black pens, and paper with thick black lines are available
  • Playing cards, crossword puzzles, and even some board games come in low vision versions.

Finally, there are aids and adapted products to connect with others outside our home:

  • Big-button phones make it easier to dial
  • Large-print address books make it easier to read addresses and telephone numbers
  • Preprinted address labels are available to save you the trouble of addressing the envelope.

The POB Low Vision Learning Center has many non-optical aids available for visually impaired people to try. The Center can also conduct sales or guide you to the right place to purchase these aids and products.

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