Smartphone apps are a game changer for patients
Smartphone accessibility options, now a standard, have also been a real game changer for people who are blind or visually impaired. One of the first questions I ask a low vision patient is, “Are You Using A Smart Phone?” If not my follow-up question is, “Why Not?” Siri voice recognition alone makes it easy to make phone calls and obtain information by just asking.
Screen reader functions like VoiceOver on the iPhone and TalkBack on the Android have made the smartphone a must-have device. Paired with the smartphone camera some app developers have created some amazing apps that are now used daily by people with low vision. App functions include reading printed text from a page, providing navigation/directions and object, product, money and color recognition.
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