Computer Assistive Technologies

Dry Eye symptoms can be exacerbated by computer use. Using one of these technologies may allow you to remain productive, with less discomfort in your eyes.


NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader that enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerized voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.


Window-Eyes is a stable, secure, and customizable screen reader, with support for computers running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012. Window-Eyes enables individuals who are blind, or visually impaired, to be completely independent on a PC, and be more successful and productive at school and in the workplace. As of September 2017, it is no longer being sold.


JAWS for Windows® is a screen reader that allows you to work with Microsoft® Office®, including Word®, Excel®, Outlook®, and PowerPoint®; Internet Explorer®, Firefox®, Adobe® Reader®, Lotus® Symphony™ by IBM®, and more. JAWS is compatible with the latest Windows® operating systems, including touch screens and gestures on Windows 8.