Consumers: Low Vision Aids and Magnification Devices

Whether you need magnification devices, a pair of reading glasses or a pair of binoculars or opera glasses, Eschenbach is sure to have what you need. With over 1,000 products, Eschenbach has the widest selections of low vision aids and magnification devices to help you with every activity: from reading, writing, working on hobbies or craft work, watching a play at the theater, enjoying outdoor leisure activities, to birding or hunting.

Low Vision Aids: Products for the Visually Impaired

People who have vision loss that is not correctable by prescription eyeglasses, contacts, surgery or pharmaceuticals are commonly referred to as having impaired vision or low vision. Currently, in the U.S. alone, there are over 20 million people age 40 and older that experience some form of vision impairment.

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For most, the vision loss is due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathyglaucoma or cataracts, among other diseases. There are also many younger patients who have low vision due to Stargardt’s disease, retinopathy of prematurity, albinism and other genetic diseases.

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Fortunately, most of these patients can maximize their remaining vision with the help of magnification devices such as hand held magnifiers, stand magnifiers, spectacle magnifiers, telescopes, and electronic or video magnifiers. These Low Vision aids can help those with vision loss remain independent and improve their quality of life.

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Reading Glasses

Reading GlassesPresbyopia is an age-related condition that begins at around age 40 and eventually affects most everyone by the age of 55 or so. The disease makes it difficult to see objects close-up and patients find themselves holding objects (like a menu) further and further away to see the print.

The typical solution to this problem is a pair of reading glasses. Eschenbach has a complete line of reading glasses to suit most people’s needs. Our readers are offered in a wide range of magnifications (from +1.00 diopter to +4.00 diopters) and in a variety of styles and designs such as wire rim or rimless frames. We also offer readers in a wide range of colors too! Learn more about finding the right pair of reading glasses.

Binoculars and Opera GlassesBinoculars

If you enjoy birding, hunting, or other outdoor activities that can benefit from long range optics, Eschenbach’s line of high-quality binoculars can help you get close to the action. If you want to see the theatre stage better, we’ve also got a line of high-quality opera glasses as well. Find the right pair of binoculars or opera glasses for your activity.

Can I Purchase Eschenbach Products Directly from Eschenbach?

Yes and no.  It depends on the type of product and the magnification level required. For example, all of Eschenbach’s binoculars, opera glasses and replacement magnifier batteries and bulbs are available for sale directly to consumers.  Also, some of our reading glasses, bar magnifiers, glare-reducing absorptive filters and video magnifiers are also available for sale to consumers.  Any product that shows an MSRP price next to it can be purchased by consumers and they are located in these product categories: reading glasses, Video Magnifiers, Bar Stand Magnifiers, Absorptive Filters, Bulbs and Batteries, and Binoculars and Opera Glasses.

The vast majority of our products, however, are sold to eye care and vision rehab professionals for their resale to their patients or clients. This is done to ensure that the end-user gets the appropriate device (and the necessary training on how to use the device) for the tasks they are trying to accomplish and helps minimizes the frustration that can come when the wrong type of product or magnification is obtained.

Eye care and vision rehab professionals are trained on how to properly select low vision devices and take into account the many variables that need to be considered in choosing the right product from the over 1,000 products that Eschenbach carries.  Some of these variables relate to the patient.  For example, which eye disease or condition do they have? How severe is the condition? What is the likely progression of the disease? What impact does the condition have on the patient’s vision in terms of their acuity and field of view?  Do they have other health issues that might affect their ability to be successful with a low vision device—Parkinson’s, etc.?

Other variables relate to the task that the patient is trying to accomplish.  Is it a near task? Far away? In-between? Is it a short-duration task? Or is it a long duration task?  What kind of object is the patient trying to be view? A newspaper? If so, what kind of newspaper—how large is the print?  Is reading the regular print satisfactory or does the person want to read the small stock quotes? Are they trying to watch TV? If so, do they want to read the captions or just see faces?

Other variables relate to the environment in which the device will be used.  Will the patient be inside or outside? Where will they be using the device—at the kitchen table? On a sofa? What kind of lighting do they use? Ceiling lights? A floor lamp? A desk light?How close is the light? What kind of light is it?

Because there are so many factors to consider in selecting a low vision device, you can see that, other than some of the simple low vision devices we sell directly to consumers, most of our other devices benefit from being properly sold to you by an eye care or vision rehab professional since it is their knowledge and expertise that can help you find the right device for your particular needs.

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