Low vision cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, however, you can make the most of your remaining eyesight with a few tools and tricks.
There are many devices available to help people with low vision overcome their vision problems, such as:
- Magnifying glasses or lenses. These are available as hand-held aids or are mounted in frames.
- Large-print objects. Books, newspapers, magazines, telephones, thermostats, remote controls, bank checks, and playing cards are just a few of the many household objects that can come with larger type for the visually impaired; many computers are capable of magnifying text and pictures with a simple keystroke.
- Talking devices. Watches, timers, and other household devices can be purchased in “talking” versions. Talking models of medical devices like blood pressure and blood glucose monitors are also available. Computer users can purchase screen-reading software that will read aloud words on a monitor.
To maximize your vision and make your home more liveable, also consider these steps:
- Improve lighting in your home. Bright, glare-free light can make most tasks easier to accomplish for people with vision problems.
- Cover your eyes when outside. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from bright sunlight outdoors if you experience light sensitivity.
- Restructure your surrounding for better visibility. Choose colors that provide maximum contrast in your home to help you see objects better. For example, putting a dark light switch on a white wall will improve the visibility of the switch, and placing light tape on the edge of a dark-colored staircase will help you avoid a fall.
- Utilize other senses. Different textures can help you function around the house even with poor eyesight. For example, when you walk off carpeting onto a tile, you’ll be able to tell you’ve left the living room for the kitchen.