In a society with individuals suffering from low vision problems, we often try and look for the best approach or the most budget-friendly methods that can bring enjoyment back into everyday life. Low vision surely seems to strip individuals of entertainment with several different activities. Watching television is just one of those day-to-day activities it tends to impact significantly.
One of the questions I see come up frequently is regarding the best devices or solutions we can implement to battle back and begin enjoying watching television again with low vision problems. What are low vision television glasses? Here’s a breakdown of how they work and what I know about the topic.
So, what are low vision television glasses? Low vision television glasses are designed to be hands-free and worn like any other pair of glasses. The can work by adjusting both eye lenses or just one at a time and are primarily intended to enhance the television quality and viewing and reduce eye strain in the process.
A lot of these television glasses exist, so it’s important to know more about the specifics before making any final decisions. I want to break down the options, pricing and what you can expect if you decide to take this path using television glasses to help enjoy television again with low vision problems.
More on Television Glasses and Low Vision
One of the biggest complaints I’ve seen when it comes to these glasses is that they are troublesome to wear depending on the design. Considering that angle, one of the biggest things I’d recommend is finding a pair that are comfortable in design, and that won’t be a nuisance to use.
In most circumstances, these glasses will provide magnification between the 2x and 3x power levels. A good pair of glasses will come equipped with frosted objective lenses that will eliminate glares and reflections. If you look for rubber bridges and temple rest, the glasses should be much more comfortable to wear and you can eliminate primary complaint #1 by most consumers who have opted to purchase a pair of these in the past.
Many of these television glasses for low vision will come with individually focused lenses which are nice to change each individual eye or help compensate for vision problems that are impacting one eye or the other.
Pricing for Television Glasses
The pricing for this device is a little higher than some of the low vision devices on the market. In most circumstances, they will even be more costly than handheld magnifiers, lamp magnifiers and stand magnifiers.
They are still cheaper compared to devices such as telescopic driving lenses. A good pair of these glasses may run you anywhere from 35.00-200.00 with the hot price point seeming to sit right around the 70.00 mark.
Given that these are more costly, we do recommend always speaking to an eye specialist first. Wasting money trying several devices can be easily avoided by knowing exactly what you need before entering the purchasing process and making a final decision.
Sometimes when you suffer from an eye condition such as macular degeneration, you may not experience much relief at all from a pair of glasses such as these. It depends on how advanced the disease is, how much magnification power you need and how long you need relief for.
The good news with these glasses is that they are hands-free so if they are in front of your eyes and being used, the time allotment for eye relief is unlimited.
Can These Glasses Be Worn Over Prescription Reading Glasses?
No, unfortunately, this not an option. If you have a regular pair of prescription glasses that you use as your go-to low vision aid for a task such as reading, you will not be able to place these over them. It will not fit. You will need to choose one or the other have a pair that can help you with both tasks around and ready to use whenever you need them.
Can These Glasses Help with Other Activities?
You bet. They are designed primarily to help aid with watching television, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be. Some individuals use these for sporting events or events where low vision can really hurt long-view vision activities or distance-viewing activities.
Some of the reviews even mention that these are great for interacting with pets at venues such as dog parks so you can enjoy playing fetch or keeping a visual on your pet when he or she is at a further distance away from you.
This will have to come down to some trial and error and accurate testing to see what activities they truly enhance, but overall, you shouldn’t have any problem getting multiple uses out of the glasses outside of just watching television.
What Should You Do Next?
Like I stated before. Speaking to a professional first is always a great start. It can help determine which devices will benefit the most with specific eye conditions. In the world of low-vision aids and low vision problems, you can run into issues when you start attempting to solve all these issues on your own.
Determine what task you are struggling with and what magnification powers you really need, and you will be well on your way towards enjoying everyday life again.
In Summary, Low Vision Glasses for Television Are Another Viable Option with Low Vision Devices
If you follow our blog much, you know that we mention just about every low vision device the market has to offer. All these devices serve unique purposes and having characteristics that make them thrive at certain activities, tasks or hobbies.
Understanding how all of them work and what functions they can perform will serve you the best but that is only step 1 towards enjoying these hobbies and tasks once again. Then comes the actual shopping and finding the best device that’s best for you.
What’s your take on low vision television eyeglasses? Do they work great for you? Do you have a pair of television glasses that you recommend? Be sure to drop a comment below, and we will consider adding them to the post so everyone can start enjoying television again.