As part of World Sight Day this week, Yad Sarah reminded the vision-impaired public that they may borrow a TV monitor that enables them to read texts - books, newspapers or other printed material - that they ordinarily would not be able to see. The voluntary organization with over 100 branches around the country has 100 such units, which are lent out for up to three months in exchange for a deposit.
The equipment, which when new cost some NIS 15,000 apiece, makes it possible to produce larger fonts, different colors and backgrounds with better screen contrast and light according the needs of the user. Applicants must first receive approval from outpatient vision institutes. Some 70 monitor systems were contributed by a Swedish donor with impaired vision, while the other 30 were purchased by Yad Sarah.