Assistance for people with vision impairment has come a long way in recent years. Before tech transformed health care, the main option for vision assistance was magnifying lenses. Today’s tools include not only better magnification devices, but also apps and other products that use audio or tactile, rather than visual, feedback.
“These kinds of things put the zest and joy back in life for people who think they’ve had to give up some things,” says Neva Fairchild, an independent living specialist with the American Foundation for the Blind who is herself visually impaired. Fairchild was able to read a Valentine’s Day card from her daughter for the first time this year using an app called Seeing AI (more on that below).
Among the latest and most interesting innovations: