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Top 3 Low Tech Aids for Macular Degeneration
October 23, 2012

Top Three Low Tech Aids for Macular Degeneration

While there are many great high tech aids for those with macular degeneration, such as electronic magnifiers, speech to text converters, iPads, and talking cell phones, there are many low tech aids that provide independence as well for those with macular degeneration.

Talking Gadgets

One of my father-in-law's favorite low tech gadgets is a talking tire pressure gauge. He has wet macular degeneration, so my mother-in-law does all the driving. He like's monitoring the air pressure in the tires, but can't see or read the numbers on the gauge. Now he simply listens to the talking gauge.

There are several lessons to be learned from this simple example. One is, each time someone with macular degeneration gives up a hobby or a task that they normally performed, there is a sense of defeat or discouragement. Many times patients with AMD can continue hobbies or tasks, but they may need to do them differently or with the help of a vision aid.

A lot of frustration can be reduced by simply providing a person with a talking gadget - such as a talking watch, a talking alarm clock or a talking microwave.

Another top low tech aid is one that provides large print such as large print checks, large print calendars, or large print books. Combine large print with a magnifier and focused light for even better visibility.

The third easy to use visual aid is one that provides large buttons - large number and large button phones or TV remotes are easy to see, easy to use and inexpensive. Find out about these and other low tech and high tech visual aids at:
Visual Aids for Macular Degeneration

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