8 Tips to Help Compensate for Low Vision

Published: January 24, 2017

There are several eye conditions that can make it difficult to complete daily tasks, including macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Occupational therapists have special training to help people with low vision function better. They can help prevent accidents and injury by pointing out potential hazards and offering solutions. They can teach viewing, tracking and scanning techniques to ensure that people are using their remaining vision most effectively. They can even help modify tasks and the environment to improve function such as with low vision tools.

If you have low-vision, consider these tips to increase your safety and ability to funtion:

  • Remove clutter, cords and throw rugs to avoid falls.
  • Use contrasting colors such as a grab bar on a different colored wall, a dark bathmat with rubber backing on a light floor, or white sheets with a dark comforter and pillows.
  • Maintain good lighting in hallways and work spaces.
  • Ask for items such as medication labels to be provided in large print.
  • Mark pill bottles in a distinctive way to identify them more easily.
  • Use shades on light sources to reduce glare.
  • Use an e-reader to adjust font size, lighting level and contrast.
  • Sit with your back toward a window or lamp.

These are just a few of the many adjustments you can make to compensate for your low vision. Lutheran SeniorLife occupational therapists are available to further assist you by calling (724) 452-3492.

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