Low vision simply means you cannot fix your eyesight with glasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. This usually affects some people as they advance in age.
Signs of Low Vision
- Can’t see well enough to do everyday tasks like reading or cooking
- Have difficulty recognizing the faces of your friends or family
- Have trouble reading street signs
- Find that lights don’t seem as bright
If you have any of these problems, ask your eye care professional to test you for low vision.
Tips to help
- Special aids such as a magnifying device can help you adapt to vision loss and make the most of your remaining sight.
- If you have to stop driving, have family or friends arrange rides for you, or utilize the public transportation options available.
- Brighten the lighting in your room.
- Write with bold, black felt-tip markers.
- Use paper with bold lines to help you write in a straight line.
- Put colored tape on the edge of any stairs in your home to help you see them and prevent you from falling.
- Install dark-colored light switches and electrical outlets so that you can see them easily against light-colored walls.
- Use motion lights that turn on when you enter a room. These may help you avoid accidents caused by poor lighting.
- Use clocks with large numbers and phones with large screens; put large-print labels on the microwave and stove.
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