Reading Is One of Life’s Great Pleasures

Learn about how those with visual impairment can work towards living an independent life with the use of modern technology.

Suffering with a visual impairment can be a huge challenge and looking for assistance is an important step on the path to finding a solution which will help you live the life you want to enjoy.

Low vision means having a level of sight where you need more than just glasses or contact lenses to see well enough to read or do everyday tasks. Your central or side vision, or both, may be reduced.

Your vision may not be able to be corrected with surgery, but you can still see something with the help of electronic solutions.

A person may have low vision as the result of an injury to the eye or one of a number of eye related conditions such as:

  • Macular degeneration affects 25 to 30 million people worldwide. MD can seriously affect one’s central vision in just a few months or over the course of several years
  • Glaucoma causes the gradual loss of peripheral or side, vision
  • A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear and transparent lens of the eye
  • In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, small blood vessels weaken and leak fluid or tiny amounts of blood, which distort the retina

Often, people who have recently been diagnosed with a visual impairment are unaware of the many technological advances designed to help them with day-to-day living, as they continue to struggle with hand-held magnifying glasses which are no longer able to offer the help they need.

Independence is often the key to leading an enjoyable life and assistive technology can be a great help.

Electronic and digital magnifiers take away the strain and discomfort, displaying text and images at a much larger size making reading so much easier.

You can now read medicine labels, prices and contents on food packaging in the supermarket, newspapers, books and magazines and relax as you listen to your favourite music or even books being read to you, all at the touch of a button!

Electronic and digital magnifiers are available in many shapes and sizes from portable solutions which slip into your pocket or bag to larger products which will sit on a table with different functions including internet connectivity.

We recommend spending time looking at the various magnifiers on‐line and having demonstrations before deciding to make a purchase.

HumanWare is a global leader in assistive technology, designing highly intuitive intelligent solutions which empower people who are blind or with low vision by giving them the independence to participate effectively within a sighted world. Find out more at: http//

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