You know you need to take an ailment seriously when it is affecting more than 11 million people in the U.S alone and costs in excess to $4.6 billion annually. Sounds unrealistic? Well, it’s true, and the culprit turns out to be age related macular degeneration (AMD), as indicated by this research published by NIH.

In fact, AMD is also held responsible for severe vision loss in adults not only in the U.S, but all through the developed world, also accounting for one-third of the total number of people suffering from untreatable vision loss.

Though considerable progress has been made in regard to the treatment of age-related macular degeneration leading to the development of a handful of AMD treatments; none of them is able to reverse the damage already caused by this eye disease.

All they do is slow down or prevent the damage to the retina, without being able to restore the vision loss that has already occurred. These treatments offer a combination of different therapies, vitamins, medications and surgery to do so.

Luckily, this is not the only avenue that has undergone some progress; macular degeneration glasses have also been developed lately, offering a viable way around to people whose life is inflicted with vision loss due to macular degeneration.

Since AMD primarily affects the macula region in the eyes, which results in gradual but certain deterioration of central view in its victims, macular degeneration glasses offer the relief by expediting the peripheral vision (or the side vision), enhancing the visual capacity to a certain level.

Here, we have compiled a list of top macular degeneration glasses alternatives based on a host of features and functionalities, also keeping the price-tag of each item into consideration. After all, it’s all about the overall value of money a particular product offers you.

1:    IrisVision

Price: $2,500/-

Website: irisvision.com

Features

  • Electronic binoculars, comprising of a VR headset and a phone camera for magnification of objects in the field of view
  • Offers the broadest 90-degrees field of view
  • User friendly and simple control settings
  • Assists in reading and viewing TV, movies and sporting events
  • Freeze frame option
  • Specialized “Bubble View” feature for magnification
  • Convenient 30-days’ return policy
  • Leas to own option

2:    My Reader

my-reader

Price: $3,500/- (wired)

$2,500/- (wireless)

Website: orcam.com

Features

  • Glasses with a small, light attachable cam
  • Assists in reading only, not viewing other stuff
  • Selected text can be read through gesture, by pointing finger to it
  • User can read signs, books, newspapers, mail, magazines, etc.

3:    My Eye

my-eye

Price: $4,500/- (Wireless)

$3,500/- (Wired)

Website: orcam.com

Features

  • Text-to-speech feature like “My Reader” device shared above by Orcam, also boasting of added features
  • Option of programming facial recognition feature for up to 100 people
  • Capable of reading product details through bar code scanner
  • Option of programming to identify favorite products
  • Date and time feature
  • Color ID
  • Still hearing-aid incompatible

4:    Jordy by Enhanced Vision

jordy

Price: $3,695/-

Website: enhancedvision.com

  • Non blurry video image with fast refresh
  • Full battery lasts 8 hours
  • Simple and user friendly tactile controls
  • Docking station based CCTV conversion
  • Cable box connectivity for TV watching
  • Not feasible for mobility

5:    eSight

Price: $9,999/-

Website: esighteyewear.com

  • Head-mounted video display
  • Works best for visual acuities close to 20/200, and view field greater than 15 degrees
  • Funding assistance offered
  • High price tags deters users

6:    Aira

Price: Monthly subscription starting at $80/100 minutes

Website: aira.io

Features:

  • Connectivity to a trained agent
  • Offers 120-degree view of your surroundings
  • Connectivity with smartphone app or smart glasses
  • Feasible for home, travel, shopping, etc.