Don’t forget the 3Bs
Bigger, Bolder and Brighter are the 3 Bs that every person with eye problems should never forget. These are the three most important concepts in maximizing your vision.
Increase contrast: Bolder
Improve lighting: Brighter
Today I will talk about magnification. Patients afflicted with a central scotoma or a central blind spot benefit well from magnifying. By magnifying, more of the image is projected in the part of the retina that can see. Examples of diseases with a central scotoma or a maculopathy are macular degeneration, macular dystrophies , and macular scars.
There are many kinds of magnifiers. The most common ones are the hand held magnifiers, which could be lighted. Your low vision specialist or ophthalmologist will know what power you need. The thing with hand held magnifiers is that it could be tiring to use for prolonged reading as a certain distance has to be maintained. Also the bigger the magnification (in the picture 5x), the smaller the field of vision (smaller lens). The smaller the magnification (3x rectangular), the bigger the field and you can read more letters without having to move the magnifier.
The same goes with stand magnifiers. The disadvantages of stand magnifiers are they are bulky and heavier but these are placed on the reading material without having to adjust the distance. With the lower 2 pictures, a lower magnification stand magnifier 4x sees more words while the higher magnification at 6x shows bigger letters but less words to view.
The best quality magnifiers are the digital magnifiers
With digital magnifiers, the magnification, contrast and brightness can be modified. There is no distortion. This magnifiers can also be used to write.
There was this 92 year old male who was brought to me by his daughter for a low vision consult. He has had age related macular degeneration in both eyes for quite some time. Everything has been done and he was very depressed. He could not read and that was the only thing he enjoyed doing.
When I showed him the Videomagnifier, he read the smallest print, which is smaller than newspaper print. After a few months of having the device, he is not depressed anymore and reads a lot at home.
To see more features of this device, go to you tube and look for smartlux digital videomagnifier or go to
There is always hope for the visually impaired.