Low Vision, Legally Blind, and Blindness – What are the Differences?
You have likely heard the terms blind or legally blind, but what about low vision? What is low vision and if someone has low vision, does this mean they are blind? To answer these questions, we need to know what causes low vision and what the different terms, low vision, legally blind, and blind mean.Read more!
Setting Goals for Better Vision - Resolve to See!
Have you made your New Year’s Resolution? Most likely it includes ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle and focus on taking care of yourself. Your resolution may include walking daily, eating healthier, reading more, or learning something new. How about deciding to take better care of your vision?Read more!
Glaucoma – The Thief of Sight
What do three million people in the US and 80 million people worldwide have in common? They are all living with Glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and causes vision loss. Glaucoma has been referred to as the “Thief of Sight” since its most common form begins with virtually no symptoms.Read more!
Join Us for a Webinar on the Compact 10 HD
Do you need the power of a desktop video magnifier in a portable, handheld device? Join us Thursday, January 14 at noon Eastern Time for a webinar on the Compact 10 HD.Read more!
FAQs – How Important is Lighting for People with Low Vision?
As we get older, our eyes and vision change. The pupil reduces in size, muscles weaken, and the lens starts to stiffen which may cause blurred vision or trouble focusing. The reduced pupil size and the weakened eye muscles allow less light in and you may notice a need for increased or focused lighting. Glare sensitivity and a longer period required for adjusting to bright light may also be a noticeable change as you age. In addition to magnifying aids and glare control lenses, one of the most significant ways to make reading, writing, and crafts easier is through effective lighting solutions.Read more!
Optelec's Holiday Gift Giving Guide!
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving” - Mother Teresa. Looking for the perfect gift for friends and family? Give a gift that is meaningful, practical, and shows how much you care. For your loved ones with low vision, receiving a gift that gives them independence and gets them back to doing what they love is priceless.Read more!
Join Us for a Webinar on ClearView GO
Are you searching for a video magnifier? Do you need a portable solution that provides the functionality of a desktop device? Join us Thursday, December 10 at noon Eastern Time for a live webinar on the ClearView GO.Read more!
How Far We’ve Come – Advancements in Video Magnifiers
Since 1975, Optelec has been developing products and providing services to support an independent lifestyle. Mr. Tieman, an Optician in the Netherlands developed the first video magnifier for a customer who could no longer see by only using his glasses. This magnifier became so popular that the first series of video magnifiers were launched. In the 45 years since Mr. Tieman developed the first video magnifier, there have been great advancements in portability, functionality, and clarity.Read more!
Building an Inclusive and Accessible World
Building an inclusive and accessible community benefits not only persons with disabilities but the whole community. Accessibility is a fundamental right and enables persons with disabilities to have equal access to every facet of life, participate fully in the community, and live independently.Read more!
Frequently Asked Questions – Do I Really Need a Portable Video Magnifier?
If you have Low Vision or Macular Degeneration, a desktop video magnifier may feel like a lifesaver. Having the ability to read your mail, balance your checkbook, read a book, or follow a recipe without relying on friends and family allows you to retain your independence and continue engaging in your favorite activities. The benefits of a desktop video magnifier at home are immeasurable, but what about when you leave your house? Do you have a portable video magnifier that you can take out-and-about? Do you really need one?Read more!