Welcome to the Top 10 Low Vision Aid Magnifiers for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) for 2016!
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Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 65 and older. 11 million people in the United States have some form of age-related macular degeneration, and 2.3 million people in the United States have undiagnosed AMD.
Age-related macular degeneration is an irreversible physical breakdown of the macula (the central portion of the retina), which leads to loss of the sharp, fine-detail, “straight ahead” vision. The macula controls our most acute and detailed vision.
Top 10 Low Vision Aid Magnifiers for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
There is no accepted “cure” for macular degeneration, but there are treatments and there are low vision aids to help with vision loss from macular degeneration.
As part of Macular Degeneration Awareness Month and Low Vision Awareness Month, we have compiled our list of Top 10 Low Vision Aid Magnifiers for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
DaVinci Pro is considered the best of the best when it comes to portable 3-in-1 CCTV desktop video magnifiers. This CCTV is more advanced than both Acrobat HD Mini Ultra and ONYX Deskset HD. DaVinci Pro has superior lighting and is driven by a superior engine in the background. DaVinci Pro’s 3-in-1 Full HD camera gives the clearest, sharpest image of all of Enhanced Vision’s products, and it can be twisted so you can see near, far and even a mirror image for self-viewing. DaVinci Pro software is upgradeable so that it will be relevant for years to come.
DaVinci Pro is designed to be simple enough for anyone to use (no matter what their technical experience), yet it is designed to grow with you, offering advanced menu options and adjustments when wanted. You don’t need to be an expert to use DaVinci Pro; simply turn it on and immediately start enjoying its features. However, if you are computer savvy, DaVinci Pro is fully customizable for a variety of advanced modes and settings.
DaVinci Pro gives you all the features of a robust video magnifier and also comes with a built-in full page text-to-speech. Simply push a button to turn on text-to-speech, then sit back and give your eyes a break while DaVinci Pro reads books, newsletters, magazines, etc. out loud.
The Ruby XL HD is a handheld electronic video magnifier with a 5 inch LCD monitor and a 5-megapixel, auto-focus camera providing sharp HD quality images and continuous zoom from 2x to 14x. Ruby XL HD has a built-in tilted stand for comfortable, easy viewing. RUBY XL HD comes with a fold-out handle with two adjustable positions for a comfortable grip. Ruby XL HD is extremely portable, weighing just 10.5 ounces, so you can bring it with you to read prices, menus, product labels, signs and anything on the go.
When reading a lot of content, you can add adjustable reading lines or masks to help track the text. Ruby XL HD also has 20 high-contrast color viewing modes let you adjust text to be easy on your eyes.
The Merlin Elite is the next step beyond using a handheld magnifier. Merlin Elite is a great tool for people with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) because it is the simplest to use for seniors with no technical experience. The Merlin Elite needs no fiddling with the camera, monitor or lighting. You simply turn it on and immediately you can start using it.
The Merlin Elite is a high performance desktop video magnifier CCTV, featuring both High Definition (HD) image quality, and an integrated built-in text-to-speech OCR reader. This simple to use low vision device offers brilliant HD true color and contrast providing a beautiful, crystal clear picture. Merlin Elite comes with 28 viewing modes to optimize contrast and brightness and LED lighting for truer HD picture quality.
Merlin Elite also connects to iPad and iDevices for accessible viewing of email, internet, Skype, Facebook, FaceTime, and more.
Topaz XL HD is a great option for seniors with Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and no technical experience. Topaz XL HD has large, brightly-colored tactile buttons for easy cues when using. Topaz XL HD also features a groove tray to hold pill bottles for easier viewing. Topaz XL HD is also slightly more customizable than Merlin for seniors who are slightly more technically advanced.
TOPAZ XL HD uses a high definition, auto-focus camera and has extra features and computer connectivity, making it the CCTV video magnifier of choice for anyone looking for maximum productivity in any environment. Topaz XL HD It offers reading lines, shades, and masks to reduce eye fatigue and help you focus.
5. Acrobat HD Mini Ultra — Portable 3-in-1 CCTV Video Magnifier
Acrobat HD Mini Ultra is a simple to use portable CCTV video magnifier with a 3-in-1 camera for seeing distance, up-close and even self-viewing. Acrobat is easy to use because you do not need to adjust the camera. It is what you see is what you get (“WYSIWYG”), so that no matter what your technical ability, you can benefit from this device. It even saves camera settings for each view. Acrobat HD Mini Ultra comes with full high definition with vivid colors and contrast and a large field of view to reduce eye strain.
Acrobat HD Mini Ultra has a small footprint, built-in handle and lightweight design (just 12.2 pounds) that provides true portability. Acrobat HD Mini Ultra is battery operated with 6 hours of continuous usage. Acrobat HD Mini Ultra is easy to set up and ready to use, just take it out of its optional rolling case and you are ready to magnify in seconds.
ONYX Deskset HD is a portable HD CCTV video magnifier that features a 3-in-1 flexible, high definition camera and monitor all in one self-contained unit you can bring with anywhere. The new sleek design integrates a high-definition camera and monitor to let you clearly see what you want, whether it’s across the room, up close and even self-viewing. Onyx controls buttons are bigger, colored and have tactile cues so that they are easy to identify.
ONYX Deskset HD allows you to adjust and customize camera settings to best suit your needs. It comes with auto focus that lets you position the camera on anything and it will automatically self-adjust and focus itself for the clearest view possible. ONYX Deskset HD automatically remembers previous settings for each view and will return to them so you don’t need to readjust and reset your settings repetitively.
Amigo HD is the top of the line when it comes to handheld electronic video magnifiers. Amigo has the largest screen size of all the handheld electronic video magnifiers with a 7 inch monitor. It weighs just 1.3 pounds. Amigo HD is very easy to operate and gives you more than 4 hours of rechargeable battery operation.
Amigo HD also has distance viewing “in a pinch”, for seeing placards and signs while on the go at coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, grocery stores, and much more. It also comes with a built-in, tilted monitor stand and two hands-free positions for ergonomic comfort when reading or writing.
Pebble HD is the most popular handheld electronic video magnifier in its class. Pebble HD is the smallest sized of all handheld electronic video magnifiers, which makes it easy to fit in your pocket or purse when on the go to read price tags, menus, labels, signs and more. With Pebble HD there is no need to change batteries, just re-charge them like a cell phone. Pebble HD has a 4.3” monitor and a built-in handle for comfort and ease of use. Pebble HD also comes in three colors (Red, White and Blue) for those who are style conscious.
Pebble HD has HD capabilities that give you a clear image no matter how you adjust for size. It also comes with a built-in light for additional illumination and numerous settings to increase contrast.
Topaz PHD is a foldable and collapsible 3-in-1 desktop video magnifier CCTV that is battery-operated and easy for you to bring a long when you need magnification on the go. It folds down like a laptop to fit the size of a briefcase.
Topaz PHD comes with auto-focus, a wide magnification range, intuitive controls, six default and 27 customizable high-contrast color modes, and adjustable reading lines and masks. This magnifier gives you brilliant image quality that is easy to read at all magnification levels.
Pearl and OpenBook together give you portable OCR Text-to-Speech capabilities that let you scan and read on the go. Pearl and OpenBook help you to digitize any printed text materials into a digital format. You can then send these digitized scans into any format to be read.
PEARL, combined with OpenBook gives you instant portable access to printed material with a variety of human-sounding voices. The folding camera deploys in seconds to connect to your PC, scan an image of your reading material and instantly begins reading it out loud. You control the voice and the reading rate. You can wrap text, enlarge and change the font, and even change foreground and background colors to find the best settings for your reading comfort.
In automatic mode PEARL senses motion, so it knows to scan an image and begin reading again whenever you turn the page. OpenBook can scan 20 pages per minute while reading and while scanning it can identify columns and place them in logical reading order.
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