If you're struggling to see the screen, there are settings you can change to make it easier to see. Depending on the smart device, you may be able to:
- make the font size bigger
- change the font style to one that's easier to read
- zoom into (magnify) the screen to make text and images bigger
- use a voice assistant – such as Alexa, Google’s assistant or Siri – so you can tell your device what to do
- use 'read aloud' to hear what's in a message or webpage
- change the colours and brightness – for example, by using a 'dark theme' so it's easier on your eyes
- use 'focus' or 'maximise' settings to cut down on what you see in one go
- make the mouse pointer larger or change the colour to make it easier to see.
Check that you're using a big enough screen too. A larger computer monitor (24" and above) or a larger tablet (9.5" and above) provide more screen space, so you have a bigger area to see things.
If you're blind (severely sight-impaired) or have very low vision, you could consider:
- using screen reading software – this reads text and image descriptions out loud, so you can hear what's on the page
- turning on audio description when watching TV or films online
- connecting a braille display device – this is a box with braille pins that move up and down, so you can read the text in braille.
Visit RNIB's technology hub for more information. Or AbilityNet’s My Computer My Way for help with changing visual settings.
For information on other gadgets for low vision, read Getting equipment for sight loss.