Learning to live with a visual impairment, whether partial or total, can be challenging to say the least, both emotionally and physically. If vision loss occurs suddenly as a result of injury, for example, the adjustment may be more drastic than if the vision loss was gradual, such as with cataracts; however, it is important to understand that vision impairment does not mean loss of independence or quality of life. Adapting takes time.
If you or someone you love is coping with vision loss of any degree, the USC Roski Eye Institute is committed to helping those with life-changing ophthalmic conditions find the solutions they need to excel and thrive. To learn more from our renowned ophthalmology team and our treatment options, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (323) 442-6335 or submit a contact form today.
In order to help you or a loved one adapt efficiently and comfortably while at home, we have compiled the following tips for the visually impaired.
Updating the Home for the Visually Impaired
Your home is the one place you should always feel safe, comfortable, and in control. Depending the degree of vision loss, the following tips can help you or a loved one continue to feel at home.
Contrasts and Color – Even with low vision, different colors or stark contrasting colors can help differentiate light switches on the walls, different steps and ramps, doorknobs, furniture, and various objects.
Lighting – Certain types and sources of light within the home can “wash out” or cause too much glare, interfering with an individual’s limited vision. Select curtains or blinds that can be easily adjusted depending on the amount of sunlight in the home. Incorporate a variety of artificial lights throughout the home to highlight steps, backlight cupboards, and illuminate walkways.
Organization – Stick to a simple organization method of keeping specific items in specific locations and placing distinctive labels or markers on items to help differentiate them. Different colored rubber bands, brightly colored note cards and stickers, safety pins, and Braille labels can make groceries, folders, outfits, and other items easy to identify.
Telling Time – It can be particularly difficult to tell time while indoors with limited vision, fortunately there are a variety of watches and clocks that can help those with low vision. Larger clocks with a black face and white dials or a tactile face can be easier to see or feel than standard clocks. Talking watches and clocks can tell time by just pushing a button.
Comprehensive Eye Care at USC Roski Eye Institute
The board-certified ophthalmologists at the USC Roski Eye Institute are highly experienced at diagnosing and treating vision loss and can perform the most advanced treatments available. If you are concerned about your eyesight or the sight of a loved one, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or simply calling (323) 442-6335. We are located in Los Angeles, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, and Pasadena.
For more information about the USC Roski Eye Institute or to support the Institute by making a tax-deductible gift, please contact Rebecca Melville, senior director of development, at 323.442.5396 or via email at Rebecca.Melville@med.usc.edu.