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Low Vision

Low vision is vision loss that canít be corrected with glasses or contact lenses and affects daily living which can be due to many reasons.

Low vision aids are tools that can help you if you have vision loss. Some of these tools include:

  • Magnifying lenses or special glasses.
  • Closed-circuit TVs.
  • Computers with large screens.
  • Bright lamps, large-print books and magazines.

Special training, called vision rehabilitation, can give you skills for living with vision loss.

Stay positive about the challenges of living with low vision. You may need to develop new skills for daily living. Learn as much as you can about resources and rehabilitation services that are available.

It’s common to feel anger, grief and depression when you have vision loss. Losing even part of your vision can be devastating. But stay determined and be persistent. You can make the most of your remaining vision. Know that much of what has to be done to keep your independence and quality of life must be done by you.

Safety Tips for People with Low Vision

There are few tips which you can follow to live with low vision and you can avoid fractures or injuries by following these tips,

1. Keep the rooms well lit. Good overall lighting is a must for safety.

2. Use task lighting to make everyday activities easier.

3. Use night lights in bedrooms, hallways, bathrooms, and the kitchen to make it easier for people with low vision to navigate in the dark.

4. Make stairways safer by placing a brightly colored strip of tape along the edge of each step.

5. Make door frames and light switches easier to see by painting them a color that contrasts with the walls around them.

6. Cut light-colored items on a dark cutting board and dark items on a light cutting board. [Some companies now sell cutting boards that are white on one side and black on the other.]

7. Place plates and food service items on placemats that are a contrasting color.

8. Use pill organizers with raised markings or talking labels to help prevent serious medication mishaps.

9. Eliminate clutter—dispose of unnecessary items, put things away as soon as you have finished using them, and always return them to the same place.

10. Reposition television sets so that neither sunlight nor lamplight shines directly on the screen.

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