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Transcript: "Low Vision Devices"

INSTRUCTOR: Priscilla, let me orient you to our display case so you can get a better idea of the selection that we have. Down here to my right, your left, are the lighted magnifiers. And all those round ones, as there are different interchangeable heads, all you need to do is get a battery supply and then you can change the heads on it depending on what magnification you need. And they range from about 2-1/2 up to 15. And over here to my left, your right, are the magnifiers called pocket magnifiers. And we have several different varieties of those-- we have several strengths and we have several different sizes-- some are more compact that others, some are fold-up. And then on the top shelf, here, these are all distance devices. We have monoculars and we have prism glasses and things that'll improve your distance work. A lot of people like the magnifier that they would lay flat on the paper because then they don't have to worry about their hand shaking or losing their place. So you can either look at it like this, by bending over-- and what a lot of people do is they'll fold the paper over and hold it up.

PRISCILLA: Oh, that's nice--yeah, I like that.

INSTRUCTOR: That one works pretty well?

PRISCILLA: Um-hum, this is great.

INSTRUCTOR: Okay. And with this magnifier, the screen tilts a little bit to make it easier for you to read at different angles.


INSTRUCTOR: Okay, and it's the same way-- you can either look at it while the paper's down on the surface or you can hold it up to you.

PRISCILLA: Oh, the light comes through. This is good. Yeah, this is nice.

INSTRUCTOR: Okay. This is a stronger magnifier and you can hold it up and focus to where it's best for you.

PRISCILLA: Oh, this is good. So I can take this to the restaurant?

INSTRUCTOR: Um-hum. A lot of people take those and read their menus with them.

PRISCILLA: Oh, this is nice--I like this.


PRISCILLA: What about for distance?

INSTRUCTOR: For distance? Okay, for distance viewing--this is called a monocular. Basically, it's a small version of a telescope. So by turning it either to the left or the right, you can focus it. So if you want to, you can look out the window or look towards the back of the room and see if it can help you with distance. Okay, does that bring the images in clearer to you? Now, that type of device you can get mounted into glasses frames so that you can still use your hands. A lot of people will use that when they use their computer at work. Or if they're at home and they want to watch television. Or if they're at a sporting event. That way, they have their hands free. A lot of times people have several different magnifiers for what they're going to be doing. You may need a certain one for at work but you prefer a different one when you get home. Unfortunately, there's not the all-in-one magnifier that people can use for every occasion.

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