Low vision is a scary thing, but the situation is far from hopeless.
With proper planning you can maintain a good quality of life. We recommend
that you see a Low Vision Specialist. We will recommend one for you.
Here are some useful tips:
- To live your life to its fullest, it is very
important that you do not focus on what you can no longer do. You must
focus on what you can do. Your attitude, and adaptation to your new
circumstances, is very important in maintaining your quality of life.
- Decide what activities you enjoy most; then
make them "doable". Avoid abandoning hobbies.
- Simplify your environment. De-clutter your home
and working area. Get rid of anything you don't really need. Organize
what is left. Keep each item in a predetermined place. Return it to
the same place after use.
- Arrange things so there is a lot of contrast
between them (Examples: Use dishes and glasses of solid light color
on a dark table; Paint the door a different color or shade than the
wall). It will make them easier to spot. Such contrasting objects will
also help you orient yourself better in the room.
- Try different types of lighting (halogen, incandescent
or fluorescent lights). Fluorescent lights tend to create glare and
be uncomfortable. Bright light, aimed right at the area where it is
needed, often works best.
- Find about low-vision computer enhancements.
- Ask for help. This does not mean that you have
to let someone else do everything for you. But do ask for help when
you really need it.
- Be patient. It takes months or even a year,
to adapt to whatever is going on.
In the kitchen:
- Pare down what you have in your cabinets and
on your shelves to what you really need.
- Get a reversible cutting board (one side white/other
side black) for safer slicing.
Keep fingertips curled under when slicing, or buy fish-cleaning steel-mesh
- Replace clear glass measuring cups with solid
- Practice measuring ingredients directly into
- Mark common settings on appliances with textured
paint or glue a bead or some similar object.
- Place the pan on the burner before turning on
- Before reaching into a lit oven, use a fork
or spoon to tap and feel where the rack is located.
- Use long oven mittens whenever working in a
- Differentiate bottled foods from bottled cleaning
products by using distinctive bottles.
- Consider newspaper reading network, talking books, magazine articles on tape and large print publications available from many publishers.
If you wish to hire a personal assistant you might want to read "Managing
Personal Assistants: A Consumer Guide" by Paralyzed Veterans
of America. People with Multiple Sclerosis may find this book particularly
valuable. It provides information on sources of help, hiring of help,
tax information and contains useful forms.