Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

  • Types of Optical Devices used for Vision Rehabilitation

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    Commonly prescribed vision rehabilitation devices include:

    • prescription magnification spectacles
    • microscopic spectacles
    • filters to reduce glare and increase contrast
    • hand and stand magnifiers
    • hand held and spectacle mounted telescopic systems
    • electronic magnification including closed circuit televisions that enlarge print and enhance contrast for reading and writing
    • head borne magnification systems, for distance, intermediate and near vision enhancement

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    Non-optical devices available include:

    • bold tipped pens
    • illumination devices
    • large print books and magazines
    • talking books
    • audio tapes
    • reading stands
    • optical scanners for reading printed text
    • computer software to enhance the video output or electronically read materials presented on the video screen