Living with Low Vision

Published: February 25, 2014

There are several eye conditions that can make it difficult to complete daily tasks. These include 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 allow people to use their remaining vision most effectively. And OTs can help modify the task or environment to improve function such as with low-vision tools.

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

  • 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, and white sheets with a dark comforter and pillows.
  • Maintain good lighting in hallways and work spaces.
  • Ask for items to be provided in large print, such as medication labels.
  • Mark pill bottles in a distinctive way to identify them more easily (attach Velcro, rubber band, etc.)
  • 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.

The occupational therapy staff on the campus of Passavant Community can help you manage your low vision and provide further training, tips and education. They are available on an outpatient basis by calling (724) 452-3492 or via home health services (877) 862-6659.

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