Low Vision Services

Two women in a room with vision equipment
Two women in a room near computer monitors

Helen Keller’s low vison specialist is committed to maximizing the remaining vison of our patients to help them function independently at home and at work to enhance their quality of life.

Proof of legal blindness is required for admission. Services are free if you if you meet the eligibility requirements. Optical aids and adaptive equipment are also provided.

Nancy Musumeci, Outreach Coordinator: 516-758-2534 or nmusumeci@helenkeller.org

Low Vision Aids

Review low vision aids that help people read, write, cook and more! These are the types of vision aid products we can fit you for.

Eschenbach SmartLux Digital

A black portable video magnifier with 4 buttons on it

The SmartLux Digital is a revolutionary, portable video magnifier that has a Display provides 5x, 7x, 9x, or 12x magnification.

  • 5 different viewing modes that include full color, black on white, white on black, black on yellow, and yellow on black.
  • Illumination is provided by 2 hi-tech SMD LEDs and the tactile control buttons are easy to understand and use. Images can be captured and up to 20 can be stored.
  • The SmartLux Digital is ideal for reading; when placed in its half-extended position, it is ideal for writing.
  • Operating time is 2½ hours

Mobilux Hand Held Magnifiers by Eschenbach

2 grey and black hand-held magnifiers
  • The Mobilux® series of illuminated hand-held magnifiers feature bright LED illumination. SMD
  • Each Mobilux magnifier provides 3 different illumination options. 
  • All Mobilux® LED hand-held magnifiers include a comfortable, ergonomic handle with a large, easy-to-operate ON/Off light switch.
  • The #1511-001 Mobase stand is specifically designed to fit the #1512-2 Mobilux Hand-held Magnifier and can be purchased separately. Mobase stands allow for the Mobilux® LED hand-held magnifiers to be used as a stand magnifiers and can be used for hands-free tasks when in the upright position.

easyPocket Magnifier by Eschenbach

A black magnifier with a light on it
  • The easyPOCKET features a unique 50x46mm aspheric/ diffractive hybrid lens that is distortion-free and extremely thin
  • Bright illumination is provided by SMD LED technology
  • The light conveniently goes on and off when the magnifier is opened and closed.

Dome Magnifiers by Eschenbach

5 dome magnifiers

Dome magnifiers provide double the surface brightness and when used with reading glasses the magnification doubles at the same reading distance.

Eschenbach Max TV Glasses Distance Viewing

One pair of black and clear tv glasses

The Max TV can be used to read newspapers, print on computer screens, labels on medicine bottles, ingredients on food packages, train schedules, recipes, menus in restaurants, or mail.

Eschenbach has manufactured a product that will take the effort out of all of these activities and make them as easy to do as they once were, the MaxDetail® glasses!

These hands-free, head-mounted glasses provide 2x magnification and can be adjusted so that each eye lens can be focused separately [±3 diopters], making the system adaptable to most patients. The glasses will focus on near objects with working distances of 16 inches and are perfect for any near viewing activity where a magnified image is helpful.

Eschenbach Telescopic Glasses

A dark grey pair of telescopic glasses with a binocular system

This Eschenbach Galilean telescope for distance is available in a binocular system. Galilean systems are small, lightweight optical systems that offer a bright image. They consist of a plus objective lens and a minus ocular lens.

Its unique adjustable frame allows the system to be fit immediately so it can be used THAT DAY! No lab required! The adjustable bars for the pupillary distance can be locked in place simply by tightening the screws and using the included lockwasher. Finally, the frame features cold bend wire-core temples (150 mm in length) and an adjustable saddle bridge.

The Solar Shield® ClipFlip Filters

A bright yellow filter that clips onto glasses

The Solar Shield® ClipFlip filters are designed to clip onto patient’s existing eyewear to provide wrap-around glare protection and contrast improvement. They are available in three lens tint colors (Solar Shield® Gray, Amber and Yellow) which block 100% of UVA/UVB light, improving contrast and creating a better viewing experience. Additional coverage is provided by the top and side shields.

Solar Shield® ClipFlip contrast-enhancing filters are available in 2 frame sizes, Large and Extra-Large, allowing them to fit over most eyeglass frames. The filters can also be flipped up and out of the way when not needed!

Jonathan Paul Fitovers

A pair of brown glasses with caramel-colored lenses

Experience the comfort and performance of the Glides Collection by Jonathan Paul® Fitovers Eyewear. Designed specifically to seamlessly fit over prescription eyewear, all Glides Collection Fitovers feature Polarvue® lens technology – polarized polycarbonate lenses, offering 100% protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays, while delivering performance optics to support every aspect of your ever-changing, on-the-go lifestyle.

Yellow Tinted Glasses by Eschenbach

bright yellow tinted glasses

Eschenbach and Dioptics Medical Products have partnered to offer low vision practitioners a line of contrast-enhancing filters designed specifically for the low vision patient. SolarShield®filters are available in five lens tints, gray, yellow, amber, orange and plum (new!). These total protection filters are available to the consumer exclusively thru eyecare and rehab professionals.

SolarShield® contrast-enhancing filters are available in 3 frame sizes: Small, Medium (Oval) and Large. The small frame will fit patients who have smaller eyewear or who don’t wear eyewear at all, while the medium and large sizes will comfortably fit over a patient’s standard eyewear.

The yellow polycarbonate lens provides moderate blue light filtering, which is ideal for reading and watching television. It blocks 100% UVA/UVB light and 100% visible light up to 450nm

Optelec Traveller HD

A black portable magnifying reader with blue and orange buttons on each side of the screen

Portable CCTV Magnifying Reader

  • 13-Inch-Wide Screen Monitor with full HD image quality
  • Real colors, black and white,
  • White on black, and 18 more color combinations
  • Large buttons for a clear overview Handling
  • Snapshot function (integrated memory for hundreds of images)
  • Small and flat during transport but in reading as well as a Screen reader.
  • Carry case and charger

Mainframe Bifo by Eschenbach

a pair of clear eyeglasses

The MiniFrame Bifo is a unique pair of bifocals with two distinct segments designed for different focal lengths. The top segment of each lens is 3D in power and the bottom segment is available in either 4.5D, 6D or 7.5D. They are also offered in 4 different frame colors for total of 12 pairs to choose from.

Ideal for those patients who need a low-powered reader for normal text, but who need a pair of high-powered prismatic eyewear to read fine print.

The MiniFrame Bifo provides dual use value for reading and engaging in hands-free tasks such as handwriting or working in the kitchen.

UntraMag5 by Eschenbach

A black handheld magnifier being held in front of a picture frame. On the magnifier is an enlarged image of a photo of a young girl with a large light pink flower in her hair

The UltraMag 5 is a handheld electronic video magnifier that you can take anywhere. UltraMag 5 features a uniquely-designed folding handle and includes near-viewing, far-viewing and table reading modes. Small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, the UltraMag 5 is the ideal companion to provide magnification, on the go.

With the UltraMag 5, you can easily read bank statements, coupons, prescriptions, restaurant menus, sign checks – anywhere you need portable magnification. The UltraMag 5 provides hours of low vision enhancement.

Featuring a built-in, LCD screen (5”), the UltraMag 5 allows you to magnify images up to 30 times. A built-in Freeze-Frame feature allows you to capture any still image. Nine different viewing modes allow you to choose alternate color combinations based on your personal preference.

The Mobilux by Eschenbach

A video magnifier with enlarged words and 3 buttons on the screen

The Mobilux® Digital Touch HD is a portable video magnifier featuring a 4.3” HD TFT LCD screen, anti-glare coating, and LED illumination.

  • Provides time and date information
  • Has 5 contrast modes so users can customize the colors of the text and backgrounds to their individual needs. 
  • Magnification powers range from 4x to 15x and include the middle range powers of 5x, 6x, 8x, and 10x. The magnification steps can also be programmed to be smaller or continuous zoom can also be chosen.
  • Has 4GB SD card that stores photos, which are downloadable to a PC or Mac computer through the included USB connection.

Say When Liquid Level Indicator

An orange device with the words SAY When on it. A large battery is sticking out of the bottom of the orange device

Never again worry about over-filling your beverage glass or coffee mug. Simply hang the handy Say When Liquid Level Indicator unit on the lip of your cup or glass and pour with complete assurance.  The Say When will sound to alert you when the liquid level nears the top. Convenient and pocket-sized at only 2-5/8″. Uses one 9-volt battery (included).

Big Button Telephone

A white telephone system with large buttons on the right side of the system
  • Store 3 Emergency Numbers
  • Store 10 Additional Numbers
  • Speed Dialing
  • Speaker Button
  • Light Flashes When Phone Rings

Swivel Vanity Mirror

A circular mirror  on a silver stand

This vanity mirror has a six inch wide 10X magnification mirror on one side and a regular mirror on the other, offering convenience for low vision individuals. The mirror can be used for shaving, make-up application and tweezing.

Double Spatula

Two dark grey slotted spatulas joined at the base by a silver cube
  • Double turner and kitchen tongs in one!
  • Double turner and kitchen tongs make cooking a breeze
  • Perfect for turning and serving meat, fish, vegetables, etc.
  • Ideal for non-stick pots and pans
  • Thumb mold on handle ensures a safer grip
  • Made of special high quality plastics

Curve Talking Clock

A black clock with a large green button in front of the time screen. The button is labeled with the word Talking in front of it.

The Curve Talking Clock is one of our most popular talking products. Unlike some other low vision clocks, the Curve Talking Clock offers a smooth, curved design with 1/2 black numbers on easy to read LCD display. Some of its key features are an audio time report, hourly time announcement, adjustable volume, an easy to set alarm, are just some of the innovative design to this low vision clock.

Mens and Ladies Gold-Tone One Button Talking Watch

A gold wristwatch. The face of the watch is white with large black numbers on it and thick black hour and minute hands

Stylish Mens and Ladies Gold-Tone Low Vision Analog Talking Watch reads the time with a touch of a button in a clear, male voice. Hear the time whenever you need to with this low vision aid. Helpful for people with low vision as well as in lowlight situations, the talking watch provides a wealth of convenience. This low vision talking watch has a bright Gold-Toneen case and white dial with large black numbers and wider-than-average black second, minute and hour hands. Gold-Tone colored stainless steel expansion band fits almost all wrists. Dial size: 1-1/4 inch. This lady’s low vision talking watch comes with a SR621SW battery for the watch itself and another CR2016 battery for the talking feature. For your convenience, a set of replacement batteries is available for purchase separately.

Desk-Top Talking Calculator

A dark grey desktop calculator with large buttons on it

This full function calculator features a giant 8-digit display and a clear, easy to understand female voice. Also features repeat, memory, auto power shut-off, and adjustable volume. Audio result may be given in either units or by digit.

Check Writing Guide

A black and clear pen, and a black foldable device with rows of thick, varying sizes of rectangles cut out of it

Pocket Check Writer Frame – This low vision pocket check writer makes check writing a breeze for those with low vision! This low vision check writer is pocket -sized for those who are always on the go. The low vision frame holds standard check size 2 3/4 x 6 inches. Write checks quickly and easily! Made of durable, black plastic.

Expresso Pen

The PaperMate Liquid Expresso Liquid Flair Pen has a medium point. Ultra-Smooth quick drying ink prevents smearing. Great for those with low vision. Durable porous plastic tip for a smooth writing.

The Large Print Check Register

An open checkbook showing large print at the top and empty rows and columns

The Large Print Check Register

  • Has 25 large pages for recording your written checks and deposits.
  • Large easy to read type for easy entries.

20-20 Boldwriter Pen

  • Easy-to-See & read with incredibly vivid, high-visibility, black ink
  • Quick-Drying – NO smudges & doesn’t bleed through paper
  • Bold point produces highly legible line width – ideal for low vision & visually impaired
  • Easy-to-grip design – great for seniors and those with dexterity issues

Low Vision Writing Paper – Bold Line Paper

A black pen with a white cap, and a piece of paper with bold horizontal black lines on it

Double Sided Bold line Paper; lines are 3/4 apart. 100 sheets per pad. Measures 8 1/2×11

BoldWriter 40-40 Pen Easy to Read Ultra Bold Point

  • The ultra-bold pen for those without 20-20 vision; produces highly legible 2.0 mm line width – ideal for low vision and the visually impaired
  • Easy-to-See big and bold writing, dries quickly, NO smudges and doesn’t bleed through paper
  • Easy-to-grip design – great for seniors and those with dexterity issues

Nancy Musumeci, Outreach Coordinator: 516-758-2534 or nmusumeci@helenkeller.org