High tech devices for low vision (ESIGHT, IRIS vision, ORCAM)

As technology advances, so too do the types of devices available to low vision patients. Several companies in particular offer particularly advanced devices for use by low vision patients.

High tech devices for low vision (ESIGHT, IRIS vision, ORCAM) in Olympia

Types of High-Tech Devices for Low Vision

These days, though the number of people with low vision has increased, there is an increasing variety of helpful, high-tech devices for low vision patients. 

Low vision devices provide patients with increased magification and aid by focusing the light entering the eyes to areas less affected by whatever condition has caused their low vision. These conditions include macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. Traumatic brain injuries can also lead to significant visual field reductions that require extra assistance.

Types of devices that are used for low vision include telescopes (such as telescopic lenses that can be added to glasses), specialized glasses such as E-scoops, prismatic glasses for reading, and magnifiers (which can be both stationary and portable.)

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Companies Offering Quality Low Vision Aids

There are several brands which make high quality low vision aids that can be a great help to patients.


OrCam produces cutting edge devices such as the MyEye, which is a wearable device that can help read text, recognize faces, and more, the OrCam Read, a handheld AI reader which can easily read lengthy text. 

OrCam MyEye’s camera can be easily clipped onto your glasses, or, if you don’t wear glasses, you can get frames with your OrCam. Connected discretely to a power supply you can fit in your pocket, it has the aabiltiy to read words aloud to you through a small speaker next to your ear.

Its ability to read text in any setting, convey it to your ear, and its abiltiy to recognize faces, allows it to dramatically increase your quality of life despite low vision. 

Both of these OrCam devices are now capable of being voice operated, for extra ease of use.

IRIS Vision

IRIS Vision

IRIS Vision makes use of the latest available technologies, from wearable mobile devices to augmented reality technology, to create devices, such as headsets, which provide low vision patients with increased vision assistance.

Utilizing a new, advanced, virtual reality headset, IRIS vision can, in effect, serve as your eyes. Featuring large screens, vivid color, a larger field of view than most other low vision aids, and auto-focusing capabiltiy to allow it to help you with tasks as all distances, IRIS Vision provides more versatile low vision assistance than anything else out there.

IRIS Vision’s software also allow for future upgrades as needed, meaning it will be able to serve you well for a long time and only get more effective.

IRIS Vision


eSight makes electronic eyewear for low vision patients which stimulate synaptic activity from the remaining photoreceptor function in the patient’s eyes utilizing smart algorithms, high resolution screens, and cutting edge cameras. It differs in this way from many other devices, as it is maximizing the use of your remaining vision as opposed to working around those limitations via cameras or other devices.

This combines to maximize the visual information that reaches the brain to compensate for gaps in the wearer’s field of view caused by low vision. With the assistance of eSight, many patients even manage to achieve 20/20 visual acuity.

eSight is also constantly developing upgrades and newer low vision devices to provide the maximum possible assistance for you

What Low Vision Device is Right For Me?

Everyone’s situation is unique, as are the solutions to the problem. For this reason, it’s vital to see a doctor for a comprehensive vision exam prior to purchasing any low vision aid. The exam will allow the doctor to determine the nature of your condition, and provide recommendations as to treatment options and low vision devices.


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Today, there is no shortage of high quality, high-tech low vision aids that can tremendously help patients, from companies including OcCam, IRIS Vision, eSight, and more. If you are suffering from low vision and are interested in exploring a high tech solution, you can contact American Family Vision Clinic at (360) 491-2121 to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Patients with low vision visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of low vision services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.


Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.

Anna P.

I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.

June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.

Christine R.

Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.

Lars Wulff

Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.

Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.

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