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What to Take to University If You Have Low Vision

Oct 8

If you are starting university this month, congratulations! You may have bought pots and pans and stationary, but have you organised your low vision aids? Here is a list of essential items we recommend if you are going to university:

Good lighting

Starting university in October can mean that days are shorter and therefore studying or reading in the evening can become harder. We therefore recommend having desk and reading lamps to make these less stressful on your eyes. Here are our top recommendations:

Table Top LampThe Table Top task lamp provides a good source of light together with a removable magnifier to aid vision for reading and detailed activities. The flexible arms of both light and magnifier ensure they can be positioned to maximise comfort and the light and magnification available. Buy it here.

Magnificent Floor & Table LED

The MAGnificent Lamp is ideal for all types of detailed work. This lamp is cleverly designed to be used as both a floor lamp (with 2 different height options) as well as a table lamp. The Daylight™ LEDs provide high contrast and accurate colour matching, making it easier and less tiring to read, work and see detail clearly. LEDs use very little energy. Buy it here.

Daylight Twist Portable Lamp

Daylight's(TM) popular portable lamp now comes with an ingenious Easy-Twist(TM) shade for maximum light angle & maximum work space! The 'Easy Twist' shade has been designed by daylight(TM) to give you the ultimate spread of light across the whole of your work area. This means you can achieve the best colour matching ever with the sensational light delivered by daylight(TM)'s 13W energy saving tube (200W equiv).

The lamp itself is lightweight and designed to fold neatly away, making it very easy to transport. Now for the technical bit - this top lamp boasts even more practical features, all designed to make sure you craft in comfort. The lamps detachable base makes it extremely stable and with daylight(TM) technology there is absolutely no strobe effect so eyestrain is reduced and potential headaches are eliminated. Buy it here.

Electronic Magnifiers

University can require lots of time researching on a computer or reading books. When you have low vision, this can be more strenuous. Therefore we recommend an electric or video magnifier which also allows you to save images, therefore you can refer back to particular pages.

Optelec Compact 7 HD Hand Held Video Magnifier

The Compact 7 HD Hand Held Electronic Magnifier offers a greater overview and more visible words per line, all captured on the large 7 Inch Widescreen display with High Definition image quality. The video magnifiers range of magnification from 2x to 24x allows users to see the finer details on the ergonomically tilted screen.

The Optelec Compact 7 HD electronic hand held magnifier is ready to use with one press of a button. Place the magnifier on whatever you wish to view and simply press the easy to use big button, it will automatically open and start magnifying using your preferred display settings.

The Compact 7 HD Video Magnifier's quick and easy to use functionality combined with its size and design makes it a great portable magnifier to take anywhere. Ideal for taking to the shops, using in school or at the office, relaxing at home or going on holiday! Buy it here.

smartlux Digital Hand-held Video MagnifierThe smartlux Digital is an easy to use video magnifier and is particularly helpful for those who are unfamiliar with technology products but require a little more than a standard optical magnifier. The electronic magnifying device can be turned on with just one button. The video magnifier can then be placed over an object and the enlargement can be adjusted to suit your preference with the easy zoom button. This video magnifier stays flat on the table, and the magnified image appears in the display window. With only one button, you can adjust the screen from full colour, for viewing pictures, to any of four high contrast text modes if you find this easier for reading text.

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The smartlux Digital has an integrated stand that can be fully extended to form a handle so that you can use it like a conventional magnifying glass - but see everything with enhanced contrast and no distortion.

The electronic magnifying glass also has a Freeze Frame button to capture an image and bring it close for comfortable reading.

Included with the smartlux Digital is a carrying case and charger with universal adaptors. Buy it here.

Bierley MPD-12-Color-Zoom (Magnifier, Photo Frame & Digital Clock)The MPD-12 electronic magnifier, digital photo frame and digital clock is an all in one innovative device offering a variable magnification range from 6x to 21x. This multi-functional magnifying aid is operated by the attached mouse which can be used for viewing magnified images. Place the material you wish to be magnified underneath the mouse's camera of the MPD-12 video magnifier and the magnified image will appear on the included 12 Inch Full Colour Screen. This magnifying low vision aid also comes with a desk stand or a wall mount for maximum working space around the screen. Switching between the magnifier, photo frame and digital clock is a simple operation completed with one click of a button. Buy it here.


All the extra strain on your eyes from studying can leave them feeling tired. We highly recommend taking an eyebag with you - then you and your university friends can have relaxing nights in!

The Eyebag Warm CompressThe Eyebag is a reusable, simple and easy to use warm compress which helps treat a variety of eyelid and eye problems. Eye surgeons, doctors and opticians often recommend regular use of a warm compress.

The Eyebag is silk and suedex which can be reheated up to 200 times in a microwave. Simple heat the compress in a microwave for 30 - 40 seconds, remove from the microwave and lay the Eyebag across closed eyes. (If contacted lenses are worn please be sure to remove these before using the Eyebag)

Once the Eyebag has been heated it will stay warm for up to 10 minutes. The warmth softens and releases the natural oils in the eyelid glands which are then able to "lubricate the blink"

Use The Eyebag for ten minutes twice everyday for a fortnight to rapidly relieve the symptoms of dry eye syndrome, blepharitis, styes and eyelid cysts. The Eyebag will quickly relieve tired, sore, gritty and burning eyes.

The Eyebag is a patented, CE marked Class 1 medical device registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (the MHRA) Conditions which usually benefit from a regular twice daily eyebag treatment include Meibomian Gland Dysfuncton (MGD), Blepharitis, Dry Eye Syndrome, Styes, Eyelid Cysts, Contact Lens Dry Eye, Corneal Laser Dry Eye, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis and Rosacea.

Symptoms which can be relieved by the Eyebag:

  • Grittiness
  • Tiredness
  • Redness
  • Bleary Vision
  • Burning Discomfort
  • Foreign Body Sensation (feeling of something in the eye)
  • Dry Eye
  • Eye Irritation

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View our full range of low vision aids here

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