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Low Vision Aids in San Jose

Dr. Lucy Yen is Your San Jose Low Vision Expert

glasses senior man hat bwWhen standard eyeglasses cannot provide you with sufficient vision, and medical treatment, such as surgery, is not a suitable option for you – it’s time to consult with Dr. Lucy Yen about the most helpful low vision aids! Low vision aids and devices come in a wide range of designs and powers. From simple handheld magnifying lenses to advanced electronic devices, our recommendations are personalized to meet your lifestyle needs and diverse visual requirements.

Optimal eye care for low vision begins with a thorough eye examination by an eye doctor or low vision expert. This eye exam is not the same as routine vision testing or an eye health exam; the results will help Dr. Yen match you with the ideal low vision Aids available in our San Jose office. Regardless of whether Low Vision is due to macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or another visual impairment, there is a low vision device to improve your independence and quality of life.

Tools to Maximize Sight

Most devices to assist with low vision are categorized as either optical, electronic or non-optical. Each type of tool is geared towards a different visual task. Therefore, patients generally require a few different low vision aids in order to maximize their sight under a range of circumstances.

Examples of Low Vision Aids

Handheld Magnifiers

low vision handheld magThese gadgets typically magnify between 1.5 – 20 times. They come in foldable types that tuck into your pocket or purse easily, and some feature battery-powered lights.

Spectacle-mounted Magnifiers

downloadMounted on eyeglass frames, these magnifiers are available as telescopes for distance vision or microscopes for close-up tasks. They can be used with one or two eyes and protrude from your glasses. A Low Vision Expert, such as Dr. Lucy Yen will evaluate your vision and prescribe this  specialized eyewear. [Image via dlf]

Stand Magnifiers

download 1Mounted on stands, they rest flat above the page you are viewing. The lens magnifies between 2-20 times, and you can move them across the text to see each individual line. Some types come with illumination, either electrical or battery operated. If your hands shake or lack strength, stand magnifiers are very useful. [Image via Sirchie]  

Low Vision Glasses: Telescopes, Escoop, Readers and More

low vision glassesLow Vision glasses can help you regain your independence and enjoy life. Whether you are having trouble driving, reading, seeing faces or walking safely, we have the solution.

Readers With Anti Glare Coating

Readers w anti glareReading glasses with enhanced UV light protection reduces the glare which can improve the ability to see clearly. Come with enhanced blue light protection, ideal for protecting your eyes while on the computer.

Computer Software For The Visually Impaired

low vision softwareThe computer offers the ability to learn about the world, stay in contact with loved ones, and work. Low vision people have trouble with using a computer due to resolution, contrast, size, and more. With the latest software designed for the visually impaired, computer use is attainable.

Miniature Telescopes

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Also called monoculars, these devices help you see things far in the distance. They magnify your view 2.5-10 times, depending upon the size of the telescope. [Image via B&H]


woman with binocularsBoth eyes are used to see far into the distance; many lens powers and sizes of binoculars are available in our San Jose optometry clinic.

Video Magnifiers

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Known as CCTV, video magnifiers use a stand-mounted camera to enlarge and project objects onto a screen. The power of magnification varies, and there are color or black-and-white types. Some models can be used efficiently with a home computer. [Image via thoughtco.]



Scanners with Sound

pen scanner on paper1These reading machines convert printed material into spoken words. They read the page aloud for you. OCR (optical character recognition) can turn your personal computer into this type of low vision device. [Image via How OCR Works]

Absorptive Lenses

LV Cocoons Aviator C202H LThese eyeglass lenses are worn over prescription glasses. They reduce glare, eliminate harmful UV rays, heighten visual contrast and control the transition between light and dark environments. By regulating the quantity of light transmitted to your eye, absorptive lenses enhance visual comfort and safety. [Image via]

Adaptive Low Vision Devices

Microscopes For Low VisionThe selection of helpful visual aids is vast! To name a few – there are large print materials, devices to create high contrast, “talking” features that read information to the person with visual impairment, writing guides, large print phones, etc…  We are proud to supply an inventive collection of advanced low vision aids and customized options in our San Jose office.

MaxTv Glasses

MaxTv GlassesSee the television and faces again with these simple to use tv magnifier glasses. With 2.1X magnification and adjustable lenses for each eye, you no longer need to buy a large screen television to enjoy your favorite shows.

MaxDetail Glasses

MaxDetail GlassesSee your playing cards again, see to paint, and sheet music! These 2x magnification glasses are ideal for close vision and are adjustable for each eye.


MAGic® Screen Magnification Software

ProductTopLevel_magicMAGic is a screen magnification and screen reading solution for low vision computer users. MAGic can help you work more efficiently with business applications, documents, email, navigating the Internet, and engaging in social networking. MAGic delivers smooth, crisp letters, even at the highest magnification levels.

Portable Readers: Ruby, Sapphire, Amigo

Ruby7HDImageHeadersSome of the most advanced portable digital readers available. The all-new portable RUBY 7 HD makes reading easier. The seven-inch screen can display more text and magnifies materials up to 24 times. This ultra-portable device can go anywhere with ease.

Scanning and Reading Appliances

saraCEImageHeadersSARA is the next-generation self-contained scanning and reading appliance for people who are blind or have low vision. SARA is simple to use, and quickly converts printed text to spoken text. No computer experience is needed. Read your documents without the need for sighted assistance.

Head worn NuEyes

nueyeseasy1 CopyThese hi-tech wireless glasses offer a variety of features such as text to voice, 1x-12x magnification, contrast and color changes, voice activation, movie and tv streaming to the glasses. All of this in a light weight design.

Low Vision Aids Work!

The benefits of low vision aids are astounding! A recent study, published in Acta Ophthalmologica, investigated the effects of low vision aids on a group of patients (average age 82 years) with macular degeneration. Results showed:

  • 16% of the patients were able to read, yet with use of a low vision aid – this number soared to 94%
  • Reading speed increased from 20 words per minute to 72 words per minute when a low vision aid was used

If you or someone you care about is living with impaired vision, please visit Dr. Lucy Yen, Low Vision Expert, to discuss the best ways to improve your daily life and make many tasks easier to do on your own. Put your eyesight in her hands for the best care in San Jose!

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