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Overview

Working in collaboration with an optometrist, HKNC’s low vision specialist will give you a thorough evaluation, checking your near and distance vision, and visual fields.

During the sessions that follow, you’ll discuss the nature of your vision loss and explore assistive devices and environmental modifications that might be useful in your particular situation.

The low vision specialist can also support you in the workplace, meeting with you on-site to assess your needs and identify equipment and strategies that can help you overcome the vision-related challenges you face on the job.


Man with glasses and hearing aid and woman sit across from each other looking at 2 papers with geometric shapes on them

Environmental Modifications

Sometimes it’s less about equipment and more about strategy. Our low vision specialist will suggest ways to work around challenges that you face in your daily routine. Simple things like changing the lighting in your home, using contrasting background colors or taking steps to minimize glare might make a real difference for you.

The more you understand how and why your vision is changing the better prepared you will be to compensate. Your sessions with the low vision specialist will give you invaluable insights, enabling you to use your remaining sight to your best advantage.

Visual Aids

You’ll have the opportunity to try out various visual aids, and you’ll receive guidance to help you figure out which ones are best for you.
Once you’ve identified the devices that meet your needs, the low vision specialist will give you training on how to use and care for them.

Person holding a Ruby handheld video magnifier that shows an enlarged pizza receipt on the screen
Ruby handheld video magnifier shown above.

Visual Aids Include:

  • Magnifiers
  • Telescopes
  • Closed-circuit television (CCTV)
  • Portable video magnifier
  • Special lenses or glasses

A man reading a book using a closed caption tv that enlarges the print onto a screen

Contact your regional representative to learn more about HKNC assistance.