The Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), also known as a Video Magnifier, is a highly effective and versatile device that magnifies images onto a screen, enabling people with low vision to reclaim their independence.

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How does CCTV help people with Low Vision?

The CCTV system is a highly adaptable and customizable technological device that can greatly enhance the quality of life for people with low vision. CCTV is an electronic magnification technology which projects images on a monitor, making it easier for people with low vision to read for extended periods of time. There is a range of different kinds of Video Magnifiers, but what they all have in common is that they contain a camera that magnifies and projects images onto a screen.

This device is made to be user-friendly for both those who are comfortable with technology and also for people who are less accustomed to using digital devices. If you find that your vision challenges are preventing you from living the life you want, you can speak to your low vision eye doctor about the CCTV which was created to help you and your personal vision needs.

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Who can benefit from using a CCTV?

Virtually anyone who finds that their vision is not up to par and is preventing them from accomplishing what they want to in their daily life, can benefit from the user-friendly magnification provided by the CCTV. Most people with low vision can find the CCTV to be very practical, making it one of the most commonly prescribed visual aids. It can benefit such a vast range of eye conditions which include, but are not limited to:

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Albinism 
  • Retinal detachment
  • Stargardt’s disease
  • Visual field loss

What features do the Video Magnifiers Offer?

These devices allow the user to completely control the display’s focus, magnification, and other settings so that the real-time image displayed on the monitor can help you perform activities without a delay, such as reading, writing and other hands-on activities.

There are so many different kinds of CCTV devices that each have their own features, some of which include:

  • Range of magnification settings, some as high as 100X
  • Contrast enhancement
  • Various illumination settings
  • Black and white or color options
  • Split-screen monitors
  • Auto-focus camera
  • Fixed focus camera
  • High-resolution
  • Ability to read the text out loud
  • Easy to use tactile buttons and turn dials 
What features do the Video Magnifiers Offer?
Types of Video Magnifiers

Types of Video Magnifiers

There is a wide range of CCTVs available, made by various companies. There are different types of Video Magnifiers, some are portable and others are stationary, as explained below.


Types of Video Magnifiers

Handheld CCTV Magnifiers

Handheld magnifiers are great for those who need vision assistance while on the move, whether it’s for activities around the house like reading recipes, playing cards, or looking at a computer screen. These smaller magnifiers tend to be somewhat cheaper than large desktop models. However, being handheld devices, you need steady and available hands to hold them and they need to be charged.

Stand Video Magnifiers

Some Video Magnifiers come with stands and there are different kinds available. Some CCTVs come with four legs so that it can be placed on a book without having to be held. There are other magnifiers that have a handle, but they don’t always need to be held as they can be placed on a page in order to support itself. When the CCTV has a stand, the stand is already set to be at the perfect working distance from the text which means that when you use it, you don’t have to adjust it. A Stand Video Magnifier is ideal for a person who does not have the stability of holding an object in a steady fashion due to limited motor skills which could be a result of a wide range of conditions, including Parkinsons.

What features do the Video Magnifiers Offer?
Types of Video Magnifiers

Desktop CCTV Magnifier

Desktop CCTV magnifiers have several advantages over portable magnifiers, for people who need them for reading and other tasks while at home. In addition to being hands-free and not requiring charging, they are more powerful and also larger. This means that they can also magnify more text at a time. They are also adjustable so that you can properly position the device over the text or other objects you need magnified. 

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CCTV magnifiers are a very effective tool that can enable low vision patients to regain their independence and accomplish the tasks that have become a struggle. If you are experiencing low vision and you want to find out more about Video Magnifiers, please contact Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach at (562) 925-6591 to schedule an appointment for a consultation, or click here Book an Appointment . Patients with low vision visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of low vision services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.

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I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

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