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.
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.
The compassionate Low Vision Specialists at New England Low Vision and Blindness have compiled our list of Top 10 Low Vision Aid Magnifiers for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). We also added a bonus selection as well!
Here Are Our Top 10 (Plus Bonus) 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. Click Here To Learn More
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. Click Here To Learn More
The Merlin Elite PRO features both a top of the line Sony 1080p HD camera for viewing magnified information, plus it is a FULL-PAGE text to speech system, containing a 13mp camera, resulting in an extremely high accuracy of text-to-speech conversion quality.
The Merlin Elite PRO is extremely simple to use, and is wonderful for people with low vision and who like to read a lot of text. With the simple push of a button the Merlin Elite PRO will magnify the text and read aloud your favorite book or magazine article, newspaper and volumes of other documents. The Merlin Elite Pro also connects to iPad and iDevices for accessible viewing of email, internet, Skype, Facebook, FaceTime, and more. <Click Here To Learn More>
The Onyx OCR Portable Video Magnifier offers magnification and reads any document aloud. The magnification, high contrast, and clear voice, improves reading clarity and accuracy and makes it much easier. Change your focus from magnified text to letting the Onyx OCR read to you when you become too tired. Just place your document under the fixed OCR camera and activate the speech function.
Listen to any documents as it is read out loud by a quality voice and without straining your eyes. The four-in-one system integrates two separate cameras: one for converting text to speech and one of magnification of documents. This will allow you to clearly see what you want whether it is across the room or on the table in front of you. Click Here To Learn More
New Design, Connects to iPad PC, Mac & Android wirelessly! All the functionality of the former version, plus so much more! The new Transformer HD Wi-Fi + OCR now houses a built-in Wi-Fi which allows connection to an iPad, using no wires… that means… Wirelessly…! Built in 2-hour battery, so students with low vision do not have to plug it in during class (a 2nd 2-hour battery and 2nd charger are also included) – students are not anchored to a wall with a long power cord, and they are not fighting with messy “spaghetti” wires. Students are also NOT bleeding down any laptop batteries, because the battery on the new Transformer HD Wi-Fi + OCR is totally independent from the users laptop. Click Here To Learn More
The Prodigi Connect 12 With Distance Viewing is the perfect solution for anyone suffering from low vision who is looking to enlarge print and images. The Distance Viewing camera allows user to view documents or classwork from their desk.
Prodigi Connect 12 With Distance Viewing is extremely portable and lightweight (under 2 pounds.) It’s equipped with diamond edge technology which will keep the letters crisp and precise even when you maximize the size of the image. The Prodigi software is built into/on a Samsung Tablet, is Google Approved and allows access to all applications and Google settings. Click Here To Learn More
Ruby 7 HD comes with a bigger screen, higher magnification and all sorts of new and improved features, including the new PivotCam™— a rotating camera that gives you even more viewing options.
The PivotCam on Ruby 7 HD puts 3-in-1 video magnification in the palm of your hands so you can see near, far and everything in between (middle distance). Ruby 7 HD has a bigger 7-inch screen (2 full inches larger than other Ruby magnifiers) that lets you see more and gives you even more magnifying power. This larger screen can display more text and images so you can see more and reading is easier. The bigger screen size also gives you 24x magnification (versus a 14x maximum with other Ruby magnifiers). Click Here To Learn More
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. Click Here To Learn More
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. Click Here To Learn More
The explorē 5 offers one of the best image quality magnifiers packed into a portable powerhouse. The ease of use and outstanding ergonomics make the explorē 5 the device selected by active people who are looking for a magnifier they can take everywhere. Magnify menus, fine print on documents, packaging and much more – the explorē 5 makes life easier for anyone with vision problems.
The product is ready to use as soon as you take it out of your purse or pocket. No instructions necessary. The large, bright buttons are clear and simple to navigate and the features are intended to help in every need.
The explorē 5 is the right choice for active people with mild, moderate or severe vision loss who need variable magnification and contrast. Click Here To Learn More
And now for the BONUS Products
NuEyes low vision glasses are the newest head-mounted, hands-free wearable technology that gives low vision users CCTV and text-to speech capabilities in an easy-to-use headset about the size of a pair of sunglasses. NuEyes featuring ODG smartglasses magnify (up to 12x) and display enhanced versions of anything that you look at.
NuEyes low vision glasses gives you all the video magnification you need built into a comfortable headset and without bulky control pack. NuEyes low vision glasses are wearable technology, featuring ODG smartglasses that give you the magnification you want from a CCTV in a convenient headset that you can wear at home, at school, at work or on the go so people with macular degeneration or other forms of vision loss can be visually independent again through the use of glasses. Click Here To Learn More
Jordy is a hands free distance and close focus wearable magnifier in the form of low vision glasses. Some have called Jordy “Macular Degeneration Glasses”. Jordy low vision glasses are a battery-operated wearable magnifier with a pantoscopic tilt. Jordy glasses can also be used as two low vision systems in one. Jordy can be worn like a pair of glasses to see near, far, & everything in between or mounted to the optional docking stand turning the Jordy into a Desktop video magnifier. This low vision aid is perfect at work, home, school, at your and anywhere on the go! Click Here To Learn More