Low Vision Insights

Simple Things You can DO when Facing Visual Impairment

#1 The Facts

  • Low Vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses, contacts, medication, or surgery and interferes with every day activities. Sound Familiar?

#2 Shed Some Light On It

  • Add lamps or nightlights to areas in your home that have low light... especially spots where you need to see details (like in the kitchen for meal prep, or at the kitchen table for reading medication labels and sorting meds.)
  • Carry a small flashlight and magnifying glass in your pocket.
  • Think about adding a few lights which come on automatically when the room darkens.

#3 Color Your World

  • It is easier to see light objects on a dark surface, or dark objects on a light surface!
  • Use solid colored fabric squares (black or white) when sorting small items like pills.
  • Purchase solid color cutting surfaces so you can choose a color that doesn’t blend with the food you are prepping.
  • When eating choose a plate color that is opposite of the color of your food (black if eating mashed potatoes... white if feasting on broccoli).

#4 Clutter Control

  • Always put things back where they belong. This way you won’t be searching the house for that pair of scissors... they’ll always be right where you expect them to be.
  • Use organizers! Trays, cubbies and drawers can help keep small items in their place.
  • Putting things where they belong will reduce the risk of falling over an unexpected item.

#5 Mind Your Meds

  • There are a wide variety of med minders available! Find one that works best for you!
  • Ask for help! Reading labels and sorting meds can get tricky... when in doubt ask your TeleHealth Coach for help.
  • Always keep one pill in the original bottle for easy reference.
  • Many pharmacies offer large print labels... Just ask!

#6 TeleHealth Tips

  • Do you have trouble seeing the correct button to push? Use tiny stickers of differing shapes, Velcro®, or simply pieces of tape with different textures (smooth, duct, painter’s tape). Place various “stickers” on the Blue Re-Test Button, White Yes Button, Black No Button and Green Start Button.
  • Keep a magnifying glass beside the monitor to help you see results on the screen.
  • Never rush to the monitor. Take time to turn on lights and make your way safely to your testing spot. You have 30 minutes to get to the monitor after the reminder comes on, and even if you miss your scheduled testing time, it is easy to do a Re-Test.

30-Day Hospitalization Rate 6.7%.
64% lower than the national average.