15 Macula Vision Research Foundation Spring/Summer 2017 2. increase task illumination a. Use gooseneck lamps, flashlights and illuminated magnifiers b. Use task lamps and daylight bulbs c. Bring lighting within one foot of the print you are reading 3. Decrease glare a. Decrease glare from lighting, windows and the sun b. Use amber or yellow tints to cut glare and enhance contrast 4. enhance contrast between what you want to see and its surroundings Most people with visual impairment see better if objects are black and white. Example: you can see black coffee in a white coffee mug. a. Do not use heavily decorated plates b. Do not use clear glasses or dishes – it’s hard to see them! CCtvS or viDeo mAgnifierS - ideal for Basic Daily Living – reading the mail, bills, newspapers, magazines, books and writing checks Price range: $2,000-$4,000 These devices have been around since 1970 and remain the easiest and most popular devices for basic reading.All of these devices utilize a large video monitor with a moveable reading surface. They have automatic focus and are offered in color and in black and white. Because of the larger screen size and widely adjustable magnification, they are ideal for basic daily living. fLex-Arm viDeo mAgnifierS - Useful for knitting, crocheting, hobbies & crafts Price range: $1,800-$2,800 The flex-arm systems are similar to CCTVs but are more compact. The camera is located above the monitor on a flexible arm that can be moved into different positions. Best if used for reading, viewing something across the room, or self-viewing tasks. They do not have internal lighting or an X-Y Table. 5. make sure you are using the right product with the correct magnifying power for the task – not all magnifiers are the same a. Using the wrong magnifying power will not help you b. Have your eye doctor prescribe the correct magnifier, eyeglasses or telescope for reading or for a specific task 6. Learn to use your magnification products correctly This takes practice and patience! 7. Low vision glasses or products are often task specific It’s important to realize you may need more than one low vision aid to accomplish all tasks.