As those of you who read our articles know, three things work together against those with low vision:
1. Low vision is a greater problem for senior citizens.
2. The primary insurance for seniors is Medicare.
3. Medicare does not cover optical assistive technology.
Since assistive technology is the best hope for coping with low vision, one of our approaches is to find inexpensive alternatives to the expensive digital magnifiers, portable CCTVs, GPSes and binocular eyeglasses. Here is a device which may help those who cannot afford the expensive high tech.
Zoomies are being promoted on TV as 3 x magnifying sports binoculars. They cost $10 (plus the inevitable shipping and handling.) They can be refocused for close-up work. They may not be ideal, but it may help those who cannot afford the “proper” alternative. In one survey, 70% of customers find them acceptable.
For more info: www.buyzoomies.com
For a review: http://tvstuffreviews.com/zoomies