Assistive Technology for Low Vision: I See What You Mean!By Sherman, Jill, MA, OTR/L; Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)
Publication Date: 2005
Article provides general information on assistive technology (AT) for people with low vision, which is often associated with macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. People with low vision often experience decreased ability to see detail and read small print, slow adjustment to changes in light sensitivity, glare sensitivity, and difficulty discriminating between colors. When people who are older experience low vision, they can be at a greater risk for falls, limited independence, and diminishments in quality of life. The proper use of lighting is often key in enhancing existing vision, as increased lighting can support reading ability and minimize falls. Added light, however, can often yield added glare. The author recommends Chromalux Bulbs, which are designed to simulate natural daylight and to reduce glare. Closed circuit television (CCTV) technology is also discussed, as CCTVs are electronic magnification devices that can enlarge pictures, and written information. Contact information for a number of companies that produce technology for people with low vision is included.
Assistive Products Discussed: CHROMALUX FULL SPECTRUM INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS
Published by: Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) (Website:http://www.nau.edu/ihd/aztap/)
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