We created this guide to be a resource for patients, families and caregivers. The information was contributed by highly respected, experienced professionals in the low vision field. The devices mentioned are accessible and generally available through larger manufacturers, dealers, and eye care professionals. Life is driven by accomplishing tasks, whether they be leisurely, like reading the gardening magazine you love, or purposeful, like balancing your checkbook. No matter where you are on the vision impairment spectrum, newly-diagnosed with macular degeneration or living with the advanced stages, this guide will help start you on a journey to more independence and freedom. 1. make what you want to see larger There are 3 types of magnification: a. Relative Distance Magnification – object brought closer to the eye. Example: sit closer to the TV b. Relative Size Magnification – object made larger. Example: large print books, large print checks, larger TV c. Angular Magnification – object not changed in position or size, but an optical system is placed between the object and the eye making the object appear larger. Example: hand magnifier, telescope, electronic magnification PortABLe mAgnifierS - Useful for reading outside of the home – shopping, dining out, thermostat and microwave controls – not the best product for reading a book or newspaper. Price range: $50-$250, for non-digital, $300-$1,400, for digital This category begins with small handhelds and increases to more extensive digital magnifiers with large screens. This is a good place to start for someone needing a small amount of magnification. The digital magnifiers are a relatively new category, and offer many options. They are a good next step after the smaller fixed magnifiers and can provide a wide range of options; adjustable magnification, different foreground and background color combinations, line markers, and the ability to download to a larger monitor or a computer. guide to Living with vision impairment 14 Macula Vision Research Foundation Spring/Summer 2017 “It is always good to understand the problem, but we believe it is more important to find the solution.” Dawn Prall George, MVRF Executive Director