Equipment to help visually impaired people
It is impossible to list a set package of aids and equipment that is likely to help a visually impaired person. One visually impaired person's needs will differ from another's, depending on what useful vision may still be retained or, in the minority of cases, if any.
- Someone who has lost their central vision may be unable to read, but they may still be able to walk around in places they're familiar with as they still have some side vision
- Some eye conditions have the very opposite effect. Someone with damaged side vision may be able to read even standard sized print but will find getting around hazardous, even in familiar areas. They may need a particular cane and the training in how to use it properly and safely
- Magnification, useful lighting and good contrasts - or making things big, bright and bold - may well help within the house for those with no central sight.
- The needs of visually impaired people who have absolutely no sight will be different again; any aids or equipment likely to be of help may need to be tactile or audible.
ROVIs can give advice on what may be helpful.
Some equipment can also be seen and handled at:
- Our Sensory Bus that covers Torridge and West Devon. (please note this takes you to a new section).
- The Hearing & Sight Centre in Plymouth
Tel. 01752 788999
Textphone: 01752 768573
- The Devon County Association for the Blind's Resource Centre in Topsham, Exeter
Tel. 01392 876666 or contact them via their website www.devoninsight.org.uk/contact.
- The RNIB products can be located on their web site or you can
Tel. 0845 7023153 and ask for a catalogue.
- The Partially Sighted Society have a catalogue:
Tel. 01302 323132 or e-mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SW Retail Ltd, trading as 'IC', have a useful catalogue:
e-mail email@example.com or
- See also Cobolt Systems Ltd. If you have a sound card on your computer you can also try out the voices of any of their audible products.