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Low Vision Devices

Low-vision devices include handheld telescopes (such as monoculars and binoculars), magnifiers, household items with enlarged text, and "talking" devices that can communicate their displays through audible speech. Magnifying devices are generally either handheld or mounted on a stand, with zoom ranges from 2x to 10x. Monoculars and binoculars are intended to help the user see items at a distance, often 15-30 feet away. These handheld telescopes are usually small enough to fit in the user's pocket. Some household items are available with enlarged print; these items include playing cards, remote controls, and keyboards. There are also devices with "talking" abilities, including a home thermostat.

Please note: you should see a low vision specialist to determine the right type of device or devices that will help you with the tasks you want to perform. Learn more on AFB?s website for adults who are losing their sight,

64 Products in Category

Product Table

Product NameProduct DescriptionDistributor ContactImage/Multimedia Available?
10 x 25 MonocularMonocular for objects that are at least 15 to 20 feet away. Unit has ruby-coated lens and black rubber armored case with strap.
10x Ecolux LED Silver Pocket Ilum MagnifierLightweight silver-and-black LED magnifier with aspheric lens. The LED bulb provides approximately 10,000 hours of use and batteries last about ten times longer than with conventional bulbs. Does not require bulb changes and requires less battery replacement. Place-and-read style offers instant magnification without the necessity of having to find the focal distance. Easy-to-operate on/off switches and easily accessible battery compartments. Uses three AA batteries (included).
10x MagnaLite Pocket MagnifierPortable square magnifier with broad handles that are easy to hold. Has a 1 1/4" x 1-1/4" lens size. Uses two AAA batteries.
12x 1.4 inch LED Pocket Illuminated MagnifierPocket-sized illuminated magnifier with all the features of handheld models. Use three AAA batteries (not included) that last approximately 100 hours. Comes with a protective pouch.
2.5x Handheld Monocular with StrapA monocular with a strap for wearing around the neck for easy access.
2.8x Sport SpectaclesA pair of binoculars designed for distance viewing that are worn like glasses, thus leaving the hands free. The lenses adjust to the distance between the eyes and the eye piece can be individually focused. Comes with a neck chain and carrying case.
2x Bausch and Lomb Pocket MagnifierPocket magnifier with a black faux leather protective cover for the 2" lens.
2x Full Page MagnifierFull page fresnel magnifier for looking at small print.
3.5x LED Pocket Magnifier LED pocket illuminated magnifier with exceptionally wide handle and rounded edges make it easy to hold. Large switch for easy on/off operation. Uses three AAA batteries (not included).
3.5x OptiVISOR Binocular DA-10 MagnifiersBinocular with optical glass lenses mounted on a frame on a comfortable headband that can be tilted out of the way when magnification is not needed. Designed for close work, such as reading, writing or crafting projects. May be worn over eyeglasses or alone. Available in three strengths--1.75x for a distances of up to 14", 2.50x for distances of up to 8", and 3.5x for distances of up to 4".
3x Deluxe Handheld and Stand MagnifierMagnifier with 3x magnification with the capability of converting from a handheld magnifier to a stand magnifier simply by flipping down the recessed wire legs. Comes in a hard black case for lens protection that will fit easily into a purse or briefcase.
4X Light Gathering Dome MagnifiersCompletely clear acrylic creates profuse light for easy reading.
4x-7x Zoom Pocket MonocularUltra-lightweight pocket monocular for distance viewing with distortion-free aspherical lenses that are easy and fast to focus. Has a wrist strap.
5x COIL Illuminated Pocket MagnifierCompact and lightweight illuminated pocket magnifier with distortion-free bi-aspheric lenses. Tungsten bulbs provide evenly distributed light. Comes with a protective pouch. Uses two AA batteries (not included).
5X Round Acrylic Illuminated MagnifierCompact magnifier with 5x magnification and a lens size of 1.25”. Comes with a black plastic carrying case. Uses 2 AA batteries (not included).
5x Two Lens Unisex MagnifierThe 2x and 3x lenses can be used separately or together for 5x magnification. They slide into a hard cover case that has a black cord to hang around one's neck. Without the cord, it's a perfect pocket magnifier.
5x-10x Flip-Up Frame LoupeMagnifying loupe with 10x and 5x magnification.
6x 16 MonocularMonocular with 6x magnification and a 16-millimeter objective lens and an average close-focus range of 14 inches.
6x Handheld MagnifierNonilluminated magnifier with 6x magnification with a 2” diameter lens. Comes with a silver leather protective lens case and is small enough to fit into a pocket or purse. Manufactured by Schweizer.
7x 1.9 inch LED Pocket Illuminated MagnifierPocket-sized handheld magnifier. Uses three AAA batteries (not included) that last approximately 100 hours. Comes with a protective leather pouch.
8x 20 MonocularMonocular with with a 20-millimeter objective lens with 8x magnification and an average close-focus range of 20".
8X Stand MagnifierLarge viewing surface with lots of light. 65mm base.
Acrylic Full-Page MagnifierIt's fresnel lens made of optical grade acrylic will not bend or distort the image you wish to view.
Aspheric Illuminated Magnifiers7X or 8X handheld magnifier with light. Uses 2 "C" batteries.
Bausch and Lomb Folding Pocket MagnifiersPocket-sized folding magnifiers. The two-lens model has 3x and 4x magnification, which can be used separately or together for a total of 7x magnification. Lenses are 1.5" in diameter. The three-lens model has 5x, 7x, and 9x magnification. Lenses are .75" in diameter.
Brain Port V100 (Oral electronic vision aid) The BrainPort V100 is an oral electronic vision aid that provides electro-tactile stimulation to aid profoundly blind patients in orientation, mobility, and object recognition as an adjunctive device to other assistive methods such as the white cane or a guide dog. It translates digital information from a video camera into gentle electrical stimulation patterns on the surface of the tongue. Users feel moving bubble-like patterns on their tongue which they learn to interpret as the shape, size, location and motion of objects in their environment. The BrainPort V100 includes a video camera mounted on a pair of sunglasses. The camera works in a variety of lighting conditions and has an adjustable field of view (zoom). The tongue array contains 400 electrodes and is connected to the glasses via a flexible cable. White pixels from the camera are felt on the tongue as strong stimulation, black pixels as no stimulation, and gray levels as medium levels of stimulation. Users report the sensation as pictures that are painted on the tongue with tiny bubbles. A small hand-held unit provides user controls and houses a rechargeable battery. The system will run for approximately 3 hours on a single charge. This device is intended to augment rather than replace other assistive technologies such as the white cane or dog guide.

Training: Supervised training is necessary prior to using the BrainPort V100 device independently. Training requirements and content are customized to the individual user. Typically, individuals complete a minimum of 10 hours of one-on-one training over one to two consecutive weeks. The training sessions cover proper interpretation of sensory information and operation of the device controls.

Caller ID (Large Display)Caller ID device with large print display (½” letters and 5/8” numbers). Shows caller's name and number, time, date, and total number of calls received. Has a 50-name/number memory and three language operation and a function for erasing individual or all call records. Up/down scroll buttons. Requires four AAA batteries (not included.)
Cell Phone Magnifier LensA 2x lens framed by a rubber frame and flexible band that fits around just about any size cell phone and even portable phones.
Coil 2X Binocular SystemComfortable and lightweight binoculars with each lens able to be focused individually. Includes pouch and neck cord. Choice of tinted or clear lens. Image courtesy of Maxi-Aids Image
COIL Hi Power LED Hand Magnifiers Compact and lightweight magnifier with a LED bulb for illumination.
Dazor 5-Diopter Black Clamping Magnifier Lamp with Flex-ArmMagnifying lamp with a flexible gooseneck arm and limitless positioning options. Clamps fit up to 2.5” thickness. Magnifier features 5-diopter glass lens that is five inches in diameter with 2.25x magnification when held at a distance of 5-8” below the lens. Thirteen-watt energy efficient bulb has 220 foot-candles of illumination and operates up to 10,000 hours. Light source is located behind the magnifying lens, casting the light at an angle of incidence ideal for highlighting object details. Shadow highlighting makes details of uneven surfaces pop-out to the viewer and is well suited for many inspection tasks. Comes in black. Image courtesy of Maxi-Aids Image
Dazor Lite-Touch Desk LampSmall, lightweight desk lamp that can be turned on and off with a light touch instead of a switch. Gooseneck arms allows for a variety of positions for best lighting. Built-in safety feature automatically turns off if lamp is accidentally tipped over. Twenty-seven-watt tri-phospher-coated daylight compact fluorescent lamp has a 10,000-hour life. Mirror reflector maximizes light output--300+ footcandle light output at 12 inches.
Double Sided MirrorHas a 5X mirror on one side and a 10X on the other. Can stand up on either end or be mounted to a wall.
E-Z Play Low Vision Playing CardsWater-resistant playing cards with extra large numbers and letters (1 ¼”) and linen finish. Standard 52-card deck with two wild cards. Image courtesy of Maxi-Aids Image
Easy to See ThermostatThermostat with easy-to-see raised .75”-high numbers. Indented at everry 2 degrees for accurate setting. Clicks when moved to each setting. For homes with air-conditioning, one needs to add the sub-base (Q539) that converts the heating thermostat into a heating-cooling unit. Includes brailled phone number for Customer Service.
Ecolux LED Stand MagnifiersLong living bulbs means less frequent battery and bulb changes.
Elite Supreme Low Vision Playing CardsPlastic cards feature 1 1/4" numerals and red and black colors on white. Order Elite Supreme Low Vision Playing Cards from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
ESight eyeweareSight eyewear can give you fully functional sight. With eSight, you can read, walk around and see your surroundings, see the faces of loved ones in full detail, and more fully engage in your life. A wearable, electronic assistive technology designed specifically for low vision, eSight uses a high-definition camera to capture everything you look at. A powerful computer processes the video and displays it onto near-to-eye screens that enable sight - with no perceptible delay. eSight can replace other low vision tools, such as CCTVs, digital magnifiers, screen reading technology and more. Your eSight will be customized for you, with your prescription lenses built right into the eyewear. No other electronic low vision aid is mobile, hands free, and suitable for near, far, and mid-range tasks. Book your one-hour evaluation now by calling 1-855-837-4448.
Extra Large Dome MagnifierA 95mm glass lens provides a large viewing surface with maximum light collected.
EZ Large KeyboardThe EZ See Large Button Keyboard is a high quality, easy-to-use keyboard with all of the same features as a regular keyboard. It is perfect for low vision computer users since it is designed with large, bold legends, and features the largest lettering available for low vision users. The attractive, low profile, design fits into any setting and is available in four high-contrast models and colors. The EZ See keyboard features nine multi-media hot keys and a gentle key bounce force for comfortable typing.
Flip Down Magnifying GlassesA wonderful aid in applying makeup, contact lenses, reading or hobbies and crafts with their 1.75X magnification.
Foldout Lighted Stand MagnifierIlluminated stand magnifier for viewing reading materials on a flat surface. May also be used as hands-free magnifier that can be hung around the neck for working on crafts and hobbies. Comes with a soft nylon cord securely attached to the magnifier. Scratch-resistant magnifying lens with a plastic frame with fold-out legs. Uses three AAA batteries (not included).
Full Page MagnifierThe contrast between the black print and the yellow magnifier makes the letters stand out as they are enlarged about two times.
Giant Print Address BookLarge-print address book in a three-ring binder and with hard cover. Can keep up to 360 names and numbers. Features page for emergency numbers. Image courtesy of Maxi-Aids Image
Incandescent Raylite MagnifiersHigh quality standard aspheric lenses that result in excellent distortion-free images. Uses 2 "C" batteries.
Individual Study Screen (ISS)Projection screen with clear acrylic frame designed for individual use by students with low vision to view filmstrips and other materials. Screen magnifies objects to up to 7x for up-clos eviewing. Image is projected from rear on frosted plastic insert. Comes with rubber feet to prevent slipping.
InfoGrip BigTrackMouse features bright yellow trackball and over-sized buttons giving you easy access to interact with your computer. Features a 3-inch yellow ball and has two blue buttons (for left and right mouse clicks) located behind the trackball to avoid unwanted clicks. Compatible with a Windows or Macintosh computer that has a USB or PS/2 port. Can be hooked up with a conventional mouse on the same computer. Color: White casing with yellow and blue balls
Jumbo Illuminated Remote ControlIlluminated remote control with large and easy-to-see .75” push-button controls. Can be used to control up to four units. Made with durable impact-resistant plastic. Uses four AA batteries (not included).
Large Print Address BookWith this address book in a loose-leaf binder, adding, replacing, and arranging pages are all possible. A free pen is included. Order Large Print Address Book from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Large Print Crossword Puzzle BooksLarge print crossword puzzle book in an 8” x 10” spiral paperback. Contains 125 puzzles. Order Large Print Crossword Puzzle Books from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Large Print Random House Webster's DictionaryIt has over 35,000 definitions, with words printed in 18 point type and definitions printed in 16 point type. Order Large Print Random House Webster's Dictionary from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Low Vision Bold Indoor and Outdoor ThermometerWhite face with big and bold black numbers. 12" thermometer. Easy to mount. Image courtesy of Maxi-Aids Image
MagniLink Student
MagniLink Vision Text to Speech (TTS)Video magnifier with high resolution and definition. you can adjust the height, select the color and magnification level and enjoy the smooth reading table. For an ideal reading position, the reading table has a rounded front edge that is comfortable to rest your hands on. Order MagniLink Vision Text to Speech (TTS) from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Ott-Lite VisionSaver Plus Vero Desk LampWith a contemporary brushed nickel finish, this versatile lamp features a 24” long shade that pivots up and down from 20” to 28” high allowing you to read and see comfortably under the cool illumination. Height adjusts from 20” to 28” with shade extended. Includes 13W bulb that is scientifically formulated with a precise blend of rare earth phosphors designed to be the closest thing to natural daylight. Provides a low heat, low glare natural daylight illumination. Helps you see tiny details with reduced eyestrain. Each is rated to last up to 10,000 hours. Image courtesy of Maxi-Aids Image
Ott-Lite VisionSaver Plus Vero Floor LampThis lamp features a convenient foot switch for easy operation. Enjoy low heat, low glare illumination under the 29" long shade that adjusts up and down for easy light placement. Height adjusts from 55" to 68" with shade extended. Includes 18W bulb that is scientifically formulated with a precise blend of rare earth phosphors designed to be the closest thing to natural daylight. Provides a low heat, low glare natural daylight illumination. Helps you see tiny details with reduced eyestrain. Each is rated to last up to 10,000 hours.
REIZEN 5x Dome Magnifier with Glass LensPower: 5X. 60mm. Use this high-quality glass dome magnifier to increase print and images for clearer, easier reading with less stress for your eyes. To enlarge reading and viewing materials, just place the dome over any reading or viewing material that is laying on a flat surface.
Reizen MagnifiersHigh quality magnifiers that the professionals love. Available in a variety of strengths.
Schweizer Sempral Handheld MagnifiersThese popular magnifiers feature high quality aspheric, lightweight lenses and a rounded, comfortable handle.
Talking ThermostatThis thermostat is designed to be the user friendly programmable thermostat on the market with its ability to gently guide the user through set up and temperature options. Features include verbal step by step programming help, verbal announcement of temperature and settings, verbal dirty air filter alert, and an oversized LCD display. Works for heating and cooling systems. Image courtesy of Maxi-Aids Image
The Round Easy-To-See ThermostatThe oversized 4 diameter dial has large 5/16 bold black numbers and lines that are raised for tactile reading. The dial is easy to grasp and turn when adjusting the temperature. Raised tactile numbers mark each ten degrees (5 at 50 degrees, 6 at 60 degrees, etc.) and raised lines mark even numbers between 42 and 88 degrees. Plus, it clicks into place every 2 degrees (ex. 60, 62, 64. It can be use with gas, oil, electric and heat pump, as well as forced warm air, hot water, steam and gravity heating systems. Written instructions are included, and a Braille Owner's Manual is available from the manufacturer upon request. Color: White. Image courtesy of Maxi-Aids Image
VES SportsBioptic telescope that can be mounted onto specially designed eyeglass frames and can incorporate normal distance prescription and bifocals.
Zenith Universal Remote ControlThis remote features a slimline design with big buttons. Owners manual includes codes for 194 different television manufacturers. Follow the simple directions to enter the code that matches your television and you're all set! Replaces lost or broken TV controls. Remote has large, red buttons for Channel Up, Channel Down, Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute and On/Off. Operates on 2 AAA batteries (not included).
ZoomText KeyboardDesigned for the ZoomText user, the ZoomText Keyboard makes typing and using ZoomText faster and easier. Each key and button label is easy to see, even in low light, thanks to its 36 point keycaps and high-contrast color schemes. The ZoomText keyboard also provides quick access to ZoomText 9.0 features. Sixteen dedicated buttons allow you to instantly start ZoomText, change magnification levels, toggle screen enhancements, launch AppReader and DocReader, and more, all without having to memorize hotkeys. You can even reassign each feature key to your choice of ZoomText commands, Internet and multimedia commands, or to open an application, document or web page. Available in two high-contrast color schemes--black text on yellow keys, and white text on black keys. Order ZoomText Keyboard from The Chicago Lighthouse Store

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