Ways To Help Seniors with Low Vision Maintain Their Independence

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), an estimated 2.9 million Americans have low vision, which makes it difficult or impossible for them to do such activities as reading, watching television, putting on makeup, doing a crossword puzzle, or making a phone call. These are probably activities that many of us take for granted. As the AAO points out, one in six adults age 65 and older has a vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. This vision loss can be very difficult for these adults as these are activities they have done with ease their entire lives. Depending on the severity of the vision loss, it might cause some to feel depressed. Fortunately, there are many strategies and resources available to people with low vision that can help them overcome these challenges! Check out the list AAO has put together: 
 
See your ophthalmologist: We can show you how to use your remaining sight more effectively
 
Make things bigger: There are phones with bigger numbers, books with bigger fonts, you can sit closer to the television, or closer at a theatre performance. You can also purchase magnifiers that help you read menus, books, medicine bottles, and recipes. As you can see in the picture below, there are low vision products that can be a huge help as well!
 
To check out the rest of this helpful list, click the link below:
http://www.aao.org/newsroom/release/technology-tools-can-help-seniors-with-low-vision-maintain-independence.cfm
 
If you or someone you know has low vision, please give us a call at (502) 458-9004. Remember, you don’t have to give up on your favorite activities. We can give you helpful tips and resources to help you return to doing the things you enjoy most in life!!
  

 
(Image via Enhanced Vision)

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