Using a Computer and Phone with Low Vision

Using a Computer and Phone with Low Vision in Olympia

Digital Devices and Low Vision

People with low vision often struggle with computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices. The following article addresses various options to assist these people with such devices. There are a wide range of effective programs, software, vision aids, assistive technologies, and general good practices that can be used to maximize vision.

This article focuses exclusively on people with low vision and the problems they have with digital devices. It should not be confused with the more common condition of visual eye strain (also known as "Computer Vision Syndrome") that many people experience when spending excessive time in front of computers.

This article is not intended as a diagnostic tool or replacement for an optometrist's advice. Always speak with a qualified eye doctor regarding ocular health.

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Using Hardware, Software, Settings, and Devices to Improve Low Vision

There are many visual aids to assist low vision patients with computers and digital devices. These include using optimal hardware settings, assistive technologies, and various aids to improve vision.

Hardware

Hardware options include:

    • Special screens/filters: These include screens for magnification and screens to reduce glare.
    • Keyboards/mouse: Keyboards with large buttons or larger letters/numbers are often helpful for those with visual impairment. Many people also benefit from a mouse trackpad. 
  • Keyboard Commands: Some people with low vision prefer keyboard commands instead of a mouse.

 

Software

There are numerous assistive technology products and special software to aid people with visual impairment:

  • Magnification software
  • Screen reader programs: Various software programs will read your screen to you. 
  • Speech to text software for dictation
  • Visual aid technologies

 

Settings

For those struggling with computer screens and other digital devices, the settings on computers and smartphones can be modified to assist vision difficulties. These include:

  • Options to magnify or enlarge the screen, or parts of the screen. There are also options for enlarging icons.
  • Options for illuminating devices by increasing or decreasing brightness. Additional options allow modifications of color and contrast. 
  • Options to change mouse settings for optimal usage.
  • Using assistive voice technologies such as SIRI embedded within the hardware

 

Devices

  • CCTV: Allows for the magnification of images onto a larger monitor.
  • Magnifying glasses
  • LED lighting to maximize vision
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Digital Vision Aids for Low Vision

People with low vision struggle with computers, smartphones, and other digital devices. Modern technology provides options to assist these people. Speak with a low vision optometrist to find out which options can aid vision when using computers, smartphones, tablets, and other types of electronic technology.

Testimonials


  • 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.

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