Persons with low vision, or a visual impairment, suffer from a great loss of vision for which no treatment or further treatment is available. People with a visual impairment who use our aids regain their freedom and independence. They are once again able to read, view photos, practice hobbies or work with a computer. Our range consists of electronic magnifiers, electronic handheld magnifiers and text-to-speech devices.
Low vision is usually due to a disorder that damages parts of the retina or the optic nerve, such as glaucoma or cataracts. The law defines low vision as a remaining visual acuity of a maximum of 30% or a very narrow visual field.
There are many forms of low vision: some people have tunnel vision or see a dark patch in the middle of their central vision, while others can see straight ahead but not at the sides.
About 350,000 people in the Netherlands are blind or have low vision, and 285 million people all over the world have a visual impairment. Unfortunately, studies have revealed that this number will increase substantially in 2020, in part due to the ageing population and disorders such as diabetes that also afflict many young people. Forecasts indicate that about 380,000 Dutch residents will have a visual impairment in 2020.