A review of current knowledge on Electronic Vision Enhancement Systems for the visually impaired

James S. Wolffsohn*, Rachael C. Peterson

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Magnification can be provided to assist those with visual impairment to make the best use of remaining vision. Electronic transverse magnification of an object was first conceived for use in low vision in the late 1950s, but has developed slowly and is not extensively prescribed because of its relatively high cost and lack of portability. Electronic devices providing transverse magnification have been termed closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) because of the direct cable link between the camera imaging system and monitor viewing system, but this description generally refers to surveillance devices and does not indicate the provision of features such as magnification and contrast enhancement. Therefore, the term Electronic Vision Enhancement Systems (EVES) is proposed to better distinguish and describe such devices. This paper reviews current knowledge on EVES for the visually impaired in terms of: classification; hardware and software (development of technology, magnification and field-of-view, contrast and image enhancement); user aspects (users and usage, reading speed and duration, and training); and potential future development of EVES. © 2003 The College of Optometrists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalOphthalmic and Physiological Optics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2003


  • closed-circuit television
  • electronic vision enhancement system
  • low vision
  • visual impairment


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