Consumer Resource Center: FAQs

Doctor with patientWho is Eschenbach?

Eschenbach is the leading source of low vision aids and expertise in the world! Eschenbach has been manufacturing high quality optical products for over 90 years, and each year we introduce more innovative products than any other company in the industry. Eschenbach Optik of America has been distributing these quality German engineered optical products throughout North America for over 25 years.

What is Low Vision?

Low Vision refers to a visual condition that cannot be corrected by conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses or through surgical or pharmacologic means. A variety of disorders that affect the eye (many age-related) can cause an individual to become visually impaired and these include: Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, and Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Is Low Vision common?

Yes! Low Vision is actually the third most commonly occurring physical impairment in those over 65, exceeded only by heart disease and arthritis. Many who are visually impaired have found help with their vision problem through Low Vision Care.

What are the causes of Low Vision?

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of Low Vision, followed by other eye diseases, such as Diabetic RetinopathyGlaucoma and Retinitis Pigmentosa. A variety of other conditions, such as in-operable or pre-operative Cataracts can also lead to Low Vision. Stargartds and other hereditary diseases can also cause impaired vision.

How does Low Vision affect me?

Many activities of daily living (ADLs) are restricted due to the central or peripheral field loss that occurs with eye diseases that cause vision loss. The visually impaired may have difficulty reading, writing, watching television, spotting objects from a distance, and enjoying their hobbies. However, with the right low vision aids and training, many Low Vision patients can once again perform their daily activities, thereby regaining much of their lost independence.

When should I see an eye care professional if I think I have Low Vision?

Contact an eye care professional right away to make sure that the underlying eye disease is treated. One of the keys to success in dealing with Low Vision issues is to start early. When you think you are only slightly to moderately visually impaired, you can start off on easy-to-use low vision aids. If, and when, the condition progresses, causing a need for higher powered magnification devices, you will have already developed the basic skills necessary to use low vision devices successfully.

What are the symptoms of Low Vision?

When you have difficulty seeing and reading small print, even with glasses, contacts or medication – you may have Low Vision.

What is Low Vision Care?

Low Vision Care is the evaluation and management of those that are visually impaired by eye care and vision rehab professionals. The goal of Low Vision Care is to help those with Low Vision to overcome the handicapping effects of their visual impairment and maximize their remaining vision. Based on individual lifestyle needs and patterns, solutions will be sought to help each patient achieve visual goals. This will usually include the recommendation of Low Vision Aids.

What are Low Vision Aids?

Low Vision Aids (or simply Vision Aids) are special lens systems designed to magnify, illuminate, or enhance images to improve one’s vision. They include:

Hand held Magnifiers

Eschenbach hand held magnifiers are ideal for reading menus, price tags or prescription bottles.

Hand-held Magnifiers

Stand Magnifiers

Stand magnifiers are great for reading books, magazines or stock pages.


Spectacle Magnifiers

Spectacle magnifiers help make reading menus, letters and newspapers easier, especially when both hands need to be free.

Specticle Magnifier

Telescopic Vision Aids

Telescopes help viewing distant objects like the TV, bus numbers, etc., easier than ever!

Telescopic Vision Aids

Contrast-enhancing Filters

Contrast-enhancing filters (like the SolarShield® shown) help reduce glare and improve contrast so viewing is more comfortable!

Contrast-enhancing Filters

Video Magnifiers (CCTVs)

Video magnifiers, whether desk-top or portable in design, provide different levels of magnification and the ability to modify the text (for example: white letters on black background, black letters on white background, and color).

Video Magnifiers (CCTVs)

What can I expect from the Low Vision Care I receive?

Typically, Low Vision Care is an ongoing service in which professionals work with you over time to meet your visual goals. An initial Low Vision evaluation may take approximately 1 hour, but additional follow-up visits of 15-20 minutes may be needed until all of your visual goals have been satisfied.

How do I get started?

Contact Eschenbach for the name of a low vision practitioner near you and begin living life more independently!
Or, you can use our 'Find  Low Vision Professional' feature which is found under the 'About Us' tab.  Just enter your ZIP Code when asked and you'll receive the contact information of 3 low vision professionals in your area who sell our products.


How can I return a product?

Eschenbach products should be returned within 30 days of purchase to the eye care or vision rehab professional from whom it was purchased. Be sure you are returning it in its original box and that it is in saleable condition.

Does Eschenbach offer a broad range of products?

We carry a huge inventory of products [1,000+]. Our complete line of products include hand held magnifiersstand magnifiers, spectacle magnifiers, telescopesvideo magnifiers and wrap-around absorptive filters. If you're looking to perform a specific task, we're sure to make a product that will fill your needs.

Are Eschenbach products covered by a warranty?

Yes! Eschenbach Hand-held and Stand Magnifiers are covered by a Lifetime Warranty (beginning with purchases as of January 1, 2006) against defects in material and/or workmanship. Our Video Magnifiers are covered by a 2-year warranty against defects in material and/or workmanship and all other Eschenbach products (except bulbs and batteries) are covered by a 1-Year warranty. Products are not warranted against improper treatment, battery corrosion, alteration of the product, or normal wear and tear. So, when you purchase an Eschenbach product, you know that we stand behind the quality of our products!

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