As our body ages, so too do our eyes. If your loved one has started to, or has a vision impairment, it doesn’t mean they have to stop living life to the fullest.
There are many ways you can help your loved one’s vision impairment. From simple adjustments to lifestyle and environments, to new technology including applications on mobile phones, your loved one has never had so many options in vision assistance.
All About Vision have suggested some things you can do to help your vision impaired loved one.
Magnifiers will really help your loved one read. Pocket sized magnifiers can be used for reading small things around the house such as newspapers and TV guides, or price tags and menu items when out and about. The compact size of these magnifiers allows for easy storage while on the move meaning your loved one does not have to carry around a bulky item throughout the day.
Lighting a room
The lighting of a room is really important for caring for your vision impaired loved ones. Having a seat near a window and the blinds open will allow for a flow of natural sunlight and can really help when reading. When the sun is not out, “full-spectrum” light bulbs are recommended. These light bulbs closest mimic natural sunlight and will allow for the least eye strain on your loved ones’ eyes.
Create a list of important phone numbers in large print on bold-lined paper
By creating a list of important phone numbers and putting them in an easily accessible spot, you are greatly helping your loved one. Instead of looking through a big phone book with a small font, they will be able to read the contact details in a large print. The time they are saving means more phone calls to you.
Marking stairs or slopes with brightly coloured tape
Keeping your loved one safe is highly important, especially if they are vision impaired. By using brightly coloured tape to mark out stairs and slopes their visibility is increased, which helps minimise the risk of slips and trips.
Electronic “talking” clocks, watches, kitchen timers, thermometers, calculators and blood pressure meters
Help your vision impaired loved one around the house through electronic “talking” devices. These devices are designed to read aloud, so your loved one does not have to. These different devices will read the time, tell how much cooking time is remaining on your meal, read your loved one their temperature, tells them their calculations on the calculator, and also their BPM.
This is important as it allows them to do the things they did before the vision impairment like cooking and checking the time.
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