Photo Credit: Noah Berger, The New York TimesA recent article in the New York Times reports advances in consumer electronics technology are now being used in products that improve the lives of people with macular degeneration, diabetes, and other low vision problems. A new class of handheld digital magnifier, equipped with high resolution cameras, LCD displays, and weighing less than 9 ounces offers several advantages over traditional optical magnifiers. The new digital magnifiers have the ability to improve contrast, switch black on white text to white on black, and store images for later viewing with pan and zoom features.

The devices typically cost between $700 and $1300 and are not covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans.

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