February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness month.
According to the National Federation of the Blind, as many as 10 million Americans are blind or visually impaired. Advancements in technology such as smartphone apps are now everyday tools for those with low vision, according to Dr. Erin Kenny, low vision residency trained optometrist and provider at the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center
of Salus University. Apps have recently become popular alternatives to expensive equipment traditionally recommended for those with severe visual impairments and provide more functionality.
Some of Dr. Kenny’s most-recommended apps for those with low vision include:
- Supervision+ — This app is a free magnifying glass app that has image stabilization capability for highly magnified images. It can also change the contrast on the magnified image to a black background with white letters.
- EyeNote — This free app scans paper currency to identify the amount. It can either speak to the user or show the dollar amount in large writing on the screen.
- Goggles—Using this free app, users take photos of landmarks, books, products, text and more; Goggles then describes the item for the user.
The William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center, located in The Eye Institute of Salus University’s Oak Lane Campus, provides a wide variety of vision rehabilitation services
dedicated to helping those with severe visual impairments fully use their remaining vision. Social workers, optometrists and a vision rehabilitation team work with patients to provide customized treatment plans.
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