How can I improve the display on a mobile device if I'm visually impaired?

Contrast is a very important feature for people who are visually impaired, but it is often overlooked. Increasing or decreasing the contrast is an easy way to customize your display and make it more comfortable to view. The less contrast you have, the better it is for battery power. Set the contrast to the lowest level that is comfortable for you.

Most displays automatically have a white background and dark text. Reverse this default to make the background dark and the text bright. In addition to helping people with vision issues, this feature can cut the glare of a white background and make it easier to use your device in a dark room. This option is not available on all Android devices. If your Android device has it, you'll find it in the accessibility features. All iOS 7 Apple devices have this feature.

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Visual Impairments

Optical issues with the eye are quite common, possibly because we started as cavemen who did not have to read tiny letters on a computer screen as you may be doing right now. Conditions that may be corrected with optics include as...

tigmatism, near and far sightedness and some forms of visual field distortion. Some eyes have trouble seeing color the way other's do. This is called color blindness, and is more common in men. As we age there are common diseases and concerns including cataracts and glaucoma. Having diabetes can make you more likely to develop retinopathy, when blood vessels in the retina break and leak into the eye. Some conditions may lead to partial or total blindness. Legal blindness is a legal term more than a medical one, but meeting the standard for legal blindness can qualify you for special help.

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