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May 27, 1998

Max “The Mouse” now available at Emory to help low vision patients read

Atlanta — A new hand-held device that looks like a computer mouse is helping individuals with severely limited vision read books, letters, newspapers, or labels — print they can’t read with standard spectacles. Dubbed “Max” by its maker, this electronic magnifier mouse is available at the Emory Eye Center for patients with low vision due to macular degeneration, glaucoma or other blinding diseases.

Manufactured by Enhanced Vision Systems, Max is an electronic magnifier that connects easily to any television set. The user simply glides Max, which has a tiny camera inside, over a page or label. Max captures the image and enlarges it onto a standard TV screen. Max automatically keeps the image focused as the user moves it over lines of print.

Max can magnify images up to 24 times normal size if it is attached to a TV with a 20-inch screen. Since it can magnify print on a flat or a curved surface, patients can use Max to read the stock market quotes in a newspaper or the label on a prescription bottle.

“The user can double the size of the image by connecting Max to the V-max head set,” said Dr. Ned Witkin, director of the Eye Center’s Low Vision Clinic. (See previous media release.)

Another benefit to patients is Max’ affordable price. It is $400 for a color system and $300 for a black-and-white. Max is not covered by insurance. For more information on Enhanced Vision Systems, please call 1-800-440-9476 or visit

Media Contact: Joy H. Bell

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