Patients experiencing low vision can maximize their remaining vision and develop strategies to lead a more independent lifestyle by using low vision aids. People can adopt multiple low vision devices for different purposes to enhance contrast, control glare, and magnify objects. Low vision aids fall into the following categories:

Near-vision magnification

Near-vision magnification

Improves sight of objects close by, within 20 inches, such as newsprint and crossword puzzles.

Intermediate magnification

Intermediate magnification

Improves vision involving tasks performed at arm’s length, between 20 and 40 inches, such as working on crafts or playing board games.

Distance-vision magnification

Distance-vision magnification

Improves sight beyond six feet, such as watching a movie or riding a bicycle.

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