Vision Rehabilitation Services: Tips for Living with Visual Impairment

Lighting

  • Overhead- reduce glare by using shades/cover shiny surfaces ie glass/counter tops
  • Task Lighting- lighting source should be positioned to the side; do not work in a dark room, room should be well illuminated along with use of task lamp

Restaurant

  • Menu reading- ask if large print menus are available, download menu onto tablet/phone prior to going to restaurant
  • Purchase a book light for additional lighting

Medications

  • Use a pill organizer
  • Use identifiers: color-coding, bump-dots, rubber bands
  • Request large print labels at pharmacy

Grooming

  • Dental hygiene: place toothpaste on finger and then apply to brush
  • Bathing: Purchase different colored shampoo/conditioner, labels with large print/place rubber bands around one bottle

Finances

  • Request large print checks
  • Coins: Familiarize yourself with the texture of edges of coins, ie quarters and dims have ridges vs nickels and pennies are smooth
  • Bills: Fold bills differently prior to placing in wallet, request that cashier identifies each bill returned

Cleaning

  • Wear an old sock over your hand rather than using a cloth when dusting

Kitchen

  • Use tactile marking/brightly colored tape on dials
  • Use scissors as much as possible compared to knives
  • Serve food on plates with contrasting colors
  • Use solid colored table cloths, avoid patterns

Resources/Community Support

Braille Institute: 741 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, (323) 663-1111‎
Dayle McIntosh Center: 501 N Brookhurst St #102, Anaheim, CA 92801, (714) 621-3300

Mobile Assistive Features

Apple iPhone: VoiceOver

  • https://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/
  • https://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/vision/

Android: TalkBack

  • https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/#topic=6007234

Applications for the Visually Impaired

Braille Institute Visually Impaired App (ViA)

ViA has been designed to help identify apps that are useful for adults and children who are blind or have low vision, including those with additional disabilities. VisionSim can simulate visual impairment for family and friends to better understand a loved one’s visual impairment.

Magnifiers

  • EasyReader with LED
  • Lumin
  • MagLight+Magnifying Glass with Light
  • Magnificent
  • See-It Video Magnifier

Reader/OCR

  • ZoomReader
  • Web-Reader Text to Speech
  • Dolphin EasyReader

Visual Assistance

  • VizWiz
  • Be My Eyes
  • Be Specular- Help the Blind

LifeStyle

  • RxmindMe
  • ColorID
  • DayNight: Daytime and Nighttime
  • Awareness

Navigation

  • SeeingEye GPS
  • Nearby Explorer for Android
  • BlindSquare
  • Ariadne GPS

Transportation

  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • Access/Where’s My Ride

Note Taker

  • EverNote
  • Access Note

Currency Identifier

  • LookTel Money Reader
  • IDEAL Currency Identifier
  • EyeNote

Object Identifier

  • Aipoly
  • CamFind
  • TapTapSee

Shopping

  • DigitEyes
  • GroceryPal
  • ScanLife

For further information about Vision Rehabilitation Services, please contact USC Roski Eye Institute at (323)442-6335.