Magnifying glasses have been the main stay for many that have problems reading or doing crafts, sewing, knitting. Some have lost their central vision because of eye diseasees such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic macular edema, stargardts and retinitis pigmentosis. The magnifying glass is available  in different sizes and powers.  Those that used them  found that most were helpful for a short time and then they needed stronger magnifyers but as the power increased the lens size decreased making it difficult to read the entire sentances. In most cases they were lucky to get a word or a letter or two. Now thanks to High-Tech options there are a wide range of  e-readers, iPads, Kindles,  talking books, computer programs and phone apps available to aide those that are visually challenged. – MDA
Low-vision readers have a growing number of high-tech options to help besides magnifying glasses.
by Marlena Chertock,  Friday, September 5, 2014
This week, Marketplace Tech has been talking technology and reading. We’ve heard about how new gadgets are changing reading in school and how they’re changing reading education at home. We’ve talked about the impact of e-readers on the brain. 
But what happens if your vision makes it tough to read at all?
Today, we profiled Spotlight Text, one digital option for people with vision loss. However, there are many more tools for low-vision readers out there:
There’s an e-reader app for that.
Some e-reader apps are made specifically for those with reduced vision. Apps like Spotlight Text and Read2Go allow readers to increase or decrease font size as much as they need to.
E-readers like the Kindle or iPad already allow low-vision readers to adjust font sizes and contrast settings on the device. Many also have text-to-speech functionality.
The BARD Mobile app from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped offers readers almost 50,000 Braille and talking books. And it’s free.
Phone it in.
There are countless magnification apps that use a smartphone’s camera and flashlight to enlarge and illuminate text. Some are free, like iRead or Magnificent, while VisionAssist….
read more: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/beyond-magnifying-glasses-high-tech-options-vision-impaired 
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