• Low Vision Resources

    Nov. 12, 2014

    There are numerous resources and devices to help people with low vision enjoy a wide range of activities and hobbies. Some of the national resources are mentioned here. Other local resources may be available as well. Please check with your ophthalmologist.

    E-books and e-book readers:

    Books and magazines on tape loaned by mail free; tape player provided:

    • U.S. National Library Service: 800-424-8567
    • In Canada: Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library: 800-268-8818

    Books and magazines on tape, to keep, free:

    • American Printing House for the Blind: 800-223-1839
    • Choice Magazines (bimonthly articles, unabridged): 888-724-6423

    Large print books and checks:

    • Books on loan by mail, free: National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH): 212-889-3141
    • Large print checks and registers (from your bank or check catalog)

    Large print materials and visual devices — (crosswords, bingo cards, address books, calendars, CCTVs, etc.):

    • National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH): 212-889-3141
    • LS&S: 800-468-4789
    • MaxiAids: 800-522-6294
    • Enhanced Vision: 888-811-3161
    • Independent Living Aids: 800-537-2118
    • New York Times Large Print Weekly

    Computer enlargement — accessibility features built into your computer:

    • Magnifying mouse: Microsoft
    • Magnification software: Ai Squared

    National organizations, for support, information and research updates:

    Vision rehabilitation self-help materials:

    • "Getting Started" Kit for People New to Vision Loss - at VisionAware.org, from the American Foundation for the Blind®
    • A Self-Help Guide to Nonvisual Skills (PDF), D. Roberts, 2011
    • Making Life More Livable, M. Duffy, NY: American Foundation for the Blind, 2001; 800-232-3044
    • Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight, L. Mogk, MD, & M. Mogk, PhD, NY: Ballantine 2003
    • The First Year — Age-Related Macular Degeneration, D. Roberts, NY: Marlowe 2006
    • Overcoming Macular Degeneration: A Guide to Seeing Beyond the Clouds, S. Solomon, MD, & J. Solomon, NY: Avon 2000

    Locating vision rehabilitation professionals and services:


    • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: 877-222-8387


    • Lighthouse International: 800-829-0500
    • American Foundation for the Blind: 1-800-AFB-LINE (232-5463)

    Do you know of a good resource we don't mention here? Let us know by e-mailing eyesmart@aao.org.