Low Vision Aids

What are Low Vision Aids?


Low vision aids assist those who live with sight loss. They are designed to improve visual performance in order to provide an enrichment of daily experiences for a person living with a visual impairment or legal blindness.

This article covers types of low vision aids, popular choices for low vision aids, high-tech visual technologies, FAQS, and the definitions of vision loss and low vision.

Feeling overwhelmed when switching between numerous low vision aids?

eSight is an all-in-one clinically-validated medical device. This low vision aid is worn comfortably like a pair of glasses and offers immediate enhanced vision plus easy to use advanced vision controls. Used by thousands of people with visual impairment daily, eSight includes 24X zoom magnification; focus, contrast, and brightness controls; and patented bioptic tilt. Learn more here.

Types of Low Vision Aids

Low vision aids are typically characterized into three main categories: non-optical, optical, and electronic.

Glare-proof sunglasses.

Non-optical Aids: are external adaptations that make activities of daily living (ADLs) more accessible, but do not use lenses like optical aids do. These can include large-print books, glare-proof sunglasses, and tactile dots.

Optical Aids: directly enhance vision through different lenses, such as telescopes and stand magnifiers.

Electronic Aids: cover a broad range of technologies, and can include closed circuit televisions (CCTVs), screen readers, and head mounted eyewear displays. eSight is the best in its category for mobile head mounted eyewear as it uses a leading edge camera, liquid lens, and high definition display powered by smart algorithms to directly enhance the user’s vision. It stimulates synaptic activity from the remaining photoreceptor function of the user’s eyes to naturally compensate for gaps in the user’s field of view.

Available Low Vision Aids


When it comes to low vision aids, there are plenty on the market to choose from. These are some popular options:

  • MagniSight: a CCTV video magnifier that helps the user increase magnification on their monitor for on-screen use only
  • iSpeech: a text-to-speech software that reads aloud digital text
  • eSight: a mobile head mounted display in front of the user’s eyes that uses a high-tech camera and advanced software to enhance the remaining vision of the legally blind, can be used all day

eSight’s Low Vision Assistive Device


How it Works

eSight works by capturing high-quality video with a best-in-class 21.5 MP camera. This footage is then displayed on two high-resolution OLED screens directly in front of each eye. Proprietary algorithms enhance the visual information from the eye to the brain, ultimately maximizing functional vision. Easy to use features like zoom, freeze, focus, contrast, brightness, and more, allow the wearer to control what they see.

eSight 3 in white, the best low vision aid on the market.

Overview

  • Patented Bioptic TiltTM technology allows full mobility and access to peripheral vision
  • Proprietary algorithms improve the quality of information sent to the brain
  • Vivid sight is made possible by OLED screens, intelligent focus, aberration correction, and custom prescription lenses
  • High-definition, high-speed camera to capture maximum field of view
  • Adjustable pupillary distance for optimal field of view
  • All-day lightweight wearability with adjustable comfort band

Technical Specifications

  • High-speed, high-res 21.5 MP camera with liquid lens, real-time imaging, and 24x zoom to see both near and far with quick and quiet autofocus.
  • An array of sensors to detect distance, temperature, and orientation.
  • Advanced UI with HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and removable SD cards.
  • Two high resolution OLED screens for full binocular vision that can integrate well with prescription lenses.
  • A handheld trackpad that controls colour, contrast, focus, brightness, and magnification to optimize remaining vision.

eSight eyewear is clinically proven to significantly enhance vision for people living with visual impairments, legal blindness, and vision loss. Try eSight today!

What Doctors Have to Say About eSight


With eSight’s carefully designed technical capabilities and clinical validation in mind, it is clear why doctors are raving about eSight as their preferred low vision aid.

Doctors

Dr. Robert Devenyi is a supporter of eSight's low vision aid

“eSight opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for low vision patients and allows us to help them in ways we never could before.”

– Dr. Robert Devenyi, Ophthalmologist at University Health Network

Dr.Walter Wittich, who endorses eSight's low vision aid

“eSight resulted in immediate improvements in all visual function measures, with activities of daily living showing improvement with training. Self-reported outcomes suggest that visual abilities are greatly improved when wearing the device.”

– Dr. Walter Wittich, Professor of Neuroscience at University of Montreal

Dr. Gislin Dagnelie is a supporter of eSight's low vision aid for the visually impaired

“The results of our study indicate significant improvement in a number of validated visual performance measures. More importantly, study participants reported much improved day-to-day visual ability when using eSight.”

– Dr. Gislin Dagnelie, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine

Clinical Validation

Eyecare specialists have chosen eSight as their favourite low vision aid for many reasons:

  • It is a Class 1 Medical Device registered with the FDA and EUDAMED, and is inspected by Health Canada
  • It is clinically validated to improve distance acuity, reading performance, contrast sensitivity, facial recognition, and ADLs 
  • In the same clinical study, researchers found significant improvement when using the low vision aid including: a seven-line gain in distance acuity, 100% mobility retention, and a 12 letter contrast improvement

What Users Have to Say About eSight


eSight’s low vision assistive technology has been effective for a wide range of ages. The youngest recorded user is 4 and the oldest is 101. 

eSight has also been effective for a wide range of conditions, proving life-changing to users with over 50 different eye conditions. Many of eSight’s users live with central vision loss commonly caused by macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and Stargardt disease. eSight wearers who live with blind spots, blurry vision, central vision loss, legal blindness, and more, have all seen significant improvements in their vision after using eSight.

These are just a few examples of how eSight has helped those with low vision achieve their dreams:

Jennifer Melanson, wearing low vision aid eSight.

Special education assistant, Jennifer Melanson was born with retinopathy of prematurity. She underwent cataract surgery in 2014 without any success, and developed astigmatism after the surgery that prevented her from continuing to use glasses. Then, she discovered eSight which gave her the confidence and support needed to complete her teaching practicum. She continues to use it today when working in the classroom supporting students with special needs.

Drue Collins wearing eSight at graduation

Student artist, Drue Collins, lives with optic nerve hypoplasia, and credits eSight with helping her complete her undergraduate studies. She is now working towards a Master’s degree in art therapy.

David Lee wears his eSight 2 at a curling championship

Competitive curler, David Lee, has macular degeneration and uses his eSight to see the other end of the ice. He has even won a provincial curling playdown while wearing his eSight.

Future with eSight


Yvonne Felix, CNIB, wearing eSight's low vision aid while presenting at the front of a boardroom meeting

A future with eSight is undeniably bright, as your enhanced vision will allow you to explore new possibilities in every area of your life. Low vision eSight users have reclaimed their ability to:

  • Start new jobs or return to work
  • Play sports like golf and curling
  • Engage in activities like cooking and exercise
  • Feel confident exploring new places by themselves
  • Perform better in their academic studies

eSight users do not have to worry about buying multiple low vision aids, and can now content themselves with just one that suffices all of their visual needs.

eSight’s low vision electronic eyewear significantly enhances vision, empowering you to explore new possibilities in school, work, and home. Brighten your future with eSight!

#eSightTogether


Aside from eSight’s highly sought-after low vision aid, eSight has decided to help those with low vision in other ways as well, while ensuring accessibility and availability to everyone.

eSightTogether zoom webinar

#eSightTogether is an online community for those with low vision to connect with accessible COVID-19 related resources, bond with each other, and share inspirational stories. The carefully curated #eSightTogether website has entertainment and learning resources for all ages, as well as low vision specific tools and up-to-date COVID-19 information.

Notably, the low vision community has been loving the #eSightTogether coffee chats, where twice a week, eSight brings together members of the low vision community to laugh, learn, and share, or hear from legally blind influencers about their favourite assistive technologies, accessible cooking tips, staying healthy at home, and more.


Low Vision


Low vision is a term used to describe a visual impairment that cannot be corrected using typical methods, such as glasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgery. In the United States, legal blindness is defined as having a visual acuity of 20/200 or worse.

Vision Loss

What someone with macular degeneration might see - blurred central vision, unable to make out a face.

Vision loss can interfere with the individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), such as reading signs from a distance, grocery shopping, taking public transit, and more. Vision loss can happen gradually or suddenly, and can lead to minimal, partial or complete loss of vision. However, with the right low vision aid, those with vision loss can regain their confidence and their independence.

Blindness and vision impairments are becoming increasingly common worldwide. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment, and 1 billion of those individuals have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed.

FAQs

Can children with low vision benefit from eSight?

Yes, eSight has been effective for a very wide range of ages. The youngest recorded user is only 4 years old. Children can use the eSight to zoom into the board at school and play with their friends outside.

Is eSight a suitable low vision aid for elderly people?

Absolutely. The oldest recorded eSight user is 101 years old.

eSight enables elderly people to regain independence through clear, enhanced vision of up to 7 lines on a doctor’s eye chart. eSight can be used while reading, watching TV, gardening, knitting, or even playing with grandkids outside due to its high mobility and BiopticTilt technology.

Can eSight’s low vision aid be used for reading?

Easily adjustable focus, contrast, brightness, and zoom, make eSight the perfect low vision aid for reading. Through the easy-to-use remote control, eSight puts visual independence at your fingertips.

Would eSight be helpful for walking and moving through activities of daily life (ADLs)?

eSight was created with mobility at the forefront. It has a sleek and lightweight design that allows for comfortable all-day use. With the patented BiopticTilt technology, users can easily move through any daily activity by flipping the eyewear up and down to move between natural and enhanced vision.

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