February is Low Vision Awareness Month
- Put together a vision rehabilitation team. Identify people and organizations that can help you maximize use of your remaining vision. Your ophthalmologist and optometrist can help ensure that you know and use resources appropriately.
- Embrace Technology. Low vision aids, magnifiers, and telescopes can help you read and see objects more easily. There are many devices available such as talking watches, timers, blood sugar machines and blood pressure cuffs; large print reading materials; telephones, watches, remote controls, and thermostats with large digits and high-contrast colors. Tools such as needle threaders, tactile labels, and magnifying mirrors can be a big help. Electronic devices including video magnifiers; audio books; electronic books; smartphones, and tablets that enable you to change the font size can make life easier. And, low vision apps for cell phones, tablets and computers that can read aloud or magnify what is on the screen can make all the difference.
- Make Simple Adjustments. Most people benefit from increased lighting, improving contrast and decreasing glare. Increase the light in your home with brighter bulbs. Reduce outdoor glare by wearing wrap-around sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. Use brightly colored items in your home to create more contrast. Use heavy markers to make shopping lists that you can read more easily while shopping.
Dr. Sperazza says, “With the help of a supportive eye care team and vision rehabilitation, living with low vision can be less challenging.”
About Lighthouse Guild
Lighthouse Guild is the leading organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss. For more information, visit Lighthouseguild.org.
Contact: Bryan Dotson, Manners Dotson Group