Dorothy has age-related macular degeneration in both eyes. Last fall, she came to Spectrios to learn about technology and devices to help her live her best life. Dr. Williams provided Dorothy with a comprehensive low vision exam and referred her to occupational therapy and access technology for low vision rehabilitation and training.


After learning about different devices, Dorothy set her sights on a portable electronic magnifier. Unfortunately, the cost was more than she could afford. The Spectrios team didn’t want to see Dorothy leave the program empty- handed. Thanks to grant funds from private donors, they didn’t have to.

Her occupational therapist, Katrina Stratton, identified Dorothy as a good candidate for grant assistance. Once the recommendation was made, the process was simple to complete.

At her next OT appointment, Dorothy had a brand new Snow 7 HD portable magnifier to begin training on. The Snow is one of many portable magnification options available to our low vision patients. The smaller size and magnification abilities make these types of units a popular choice for people who don’t have room for a larger desktop model.

When asked to share her thoughts, she said: “I really need this tool to help read my medicine bottles. I’m so happy I could cry.”