Low vision does not mean there are no options.
Do you live with low vision issues? Have you recently been diagnosed with low vision? If you have significant visual impairment and glasses, contact lenses, surgery, or medication aren’t an option, don’t lose hope. A considerable loss of visual field, tunnel vision, the loss of best-corrected visual acuity, and legal blindness are all life-impacting, but there are tools you can use to help you see more of the world around you. At Eyes of New Mexico, we can help.
Low Vision Evaluation
The first step in finding the right low vision tools is evaluating your condition. We want to know the reason for your vision loss, your current level of vision, and your goals when it comes to your sight. We will put all of that information together into a comprehensive plan for your care. This will help us create a customized treatment plan just for you.
Low Vision Tools and Enhancement
There are an increasing number of low vision tools on the market today. The latest technology enables greater sight and situational awareness for every vision need. Take a look at what we have that can help you see more.
Reading is important to so many people, and individuals with low vision are no exception. You don’t need to give up reading books, magazines, and newspapers. You also shouldn’t have to give up watching television, reading on your smartphone or tablet, and using electronics. And what about movies and sightseeing? We’ve got you covered.
Here are some magnification options we offer:
The OrCam MyEye is a smart camera mounted on your eyeglasses frame. It’s small and portable and can assist in the recognition of faces, text, and products.
- Face recognition - point the device at who you want to identify. Once it recognizes who you’re looking at it identifies them by speaking to you through an earpiece. This is possible following a one-time process of entering the faces of people you see or interact with frequently, or who are important to you. You can store up to 100 faces for instant recognition and identification.
- Read printed text – by pointing your finger or pressing a button, OrCam will read text from newspapers, books, computers, smartphones, screens, menus, product labels, and more.
- Recognize products – similar to facial recognition, you can “teach” your OrCam to recognize specific products. Enter the products you use the most including food, household, hygiene, and personal items you shop for regularly as well as money, credit cards, and more. You can store up to 150 products that your OrCam will recognize.
Hand Held Magnifiers
The Ruby XL HD is a handheld electronic magnification tool. Its 5” screen magnifies materials up to 14x including books, newspapers, labels, medications, menus, and more. It has adjustable magnification, blur-free focusing, a fold-out handle, a reading stand, and three continuous hours of battery life. It even has a freeze-frame function, color contrast adjustment, and you can save images on the device to upload to your computer via USB port. The Ruby magnifier is lightweight and easy to take with you when you’re on the go.
We carry the DaVinci HD/OCR desktop magnifier so you can keep working, reading, and using your computer even if you have low vision. Some of the features include:
- Full high definition color and contrast with 28 viewing modes
- Video magnification up to 77x
- Text-to-speech functionality - DaVinci will read any printed text aloud
- Sony Full HD 1080p 3-in-1 camera with autofocus for self-viewing, reading, or distance viewing with a pivoting arm for adjustable camera use and a memory setting for each camera position
- Freeze setting with upload capabilities to a flash drive
- 24” high-resolution screen
- Reading zone preview with motion detection
- User-friendly menu
Bioptic Lenses for Driving
With specific levels of low vision impairment, you can still drive in New Mexico using bioptic telescope lenses. We can fit you with this low vision aid in our office. Bioptic telescopes fit to a pair of glasses with a custom prescription. We also provide training on use, information on when you can and cannot use them while driving, and how to get into and out of the telescope quickly while driving.
There are some restrictions to bioptic lenses in New Mexico, including:
- Your vision must be better than 20/40 in at least one eye to take the driving test for a non-restricted license
- You are not allowed to take the driving test with the bioptic telescope
In addition to the tools listed above, we can work with you to get closer circuit TVs (CCTV), high-powered reading glasses, handheld telescopes, and glasses specifically for peripheral vision impairment.
We are dedicated to our visually impaired community. Come and meet with our team of specialists to find the right aids to help you see better, feel more comfortable, and continue doing the things you enjoy. At Eyes of New Mexico, we can help you find and use the right low vision devices for your condition to improve the quality of what you can see and enhance what you can’t.