February is Low Vision Awareness Month. According to AccessWorld magazine, low vision refers to vision problems that cannot be fully corrected such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Now would be a great time to get that eye exam you have been putting off! As with almost every condition, early detection is key.
If you are living with low vision, there are steps you can take to improve your eyesight and quality of life. During this month of Low Vision Awareness, we encourage everyone to work with their health professional to improve eyesight and maintain healthy eyes. We offer many products that can assist you in the area of quality of life as you cope with low vision.
In observance of Low Vision Awareness Month, we will be giving away a set of four playing card holders with a deck of large-print playing cards to the lucky winner of our monthly Facebook Giveaway. Like our page on Facebook as well as the special giveaway post (found here) to enter to win. You have until Friday at noon CST, so don’t wait! What better way to end Low Vision Awareness Month!
Other fun products we offer for people with low vision are our oversized TV remotes. For example, the Tek-Pal 6 Button Remote Control is very simple and easy to see. Do you ever feel your TV remote is so complicated that you have to be a rocket scientist to operate it? Not with the Tek-Pal. It has only six buttons: power, mute, channel up, channel down, volume up and volume down. What more do you need, right?
Are you the reading type? Reading is very fun and rewarding, but low vision can present significant obstacles to this hobby. Magnifying glasses help, but there are none as sleek and functional as the Verilux Natural Spectrum EasyRead Lighted Magnifier. This lightweight, crystal clear magnifier also features two full spectrum light bulbs that offer natural, strain-free lighting.
If you like the idea of full spectrum light but do not need a magnifier, the Natural Spectrum Book and Travel Light is right for you. It clips on to books, computers and most anything else you need to read. Enjoy light the way it was meant to be—non-intrusive and glare-free.
Don’t let low vision control what you do. There are many resources out there to help people with low vision get the best out of their remaining eyesight. We hope these products can help get you started!