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Watching television

Watching television is a very important part of our culture.  Think how often a television show is a major topic of conversation.  Under the best circumstances, watching TV for a low vision patient is a real challenge.

 

Despite what might seem logical, a large screen television is usually not the best solution.  Low vision patients rarely can see the whole picture of a large screen television.  Sitting closer to a smaller television works better for most patients.  It is important to position the television to minimize glare.  If necessary, place the television on a movable cart to make positioning easier.  Low vision specialists can prescribe special television viewing glasses that can help some patients. Many cable television companies offer large button remote for free.  These remotes can be marked to make them even easier to use.