Finding the Support to Manage Your Low Vision – Part 1

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Low vision is the term for the visual condition that cannot be fully corrected with glasses, contacts, medication, or eye surgery. This includes people who are legally blind or completely blind. Low vision affects nearly 27 million Americans and causes difficulty in performing everyday tasks, including driving, reading, and household chores. However, low vision does not mean you cannot live your life. In today’s post, we review some of the resources available for those who suffer from low vision to engage in their favorite activities. 

At Viteyes®, we work hard to support optimal eye health. Using current research and available resources, we offer supportive measures as well as eye nutrition products. We also pride ourselves on presenting the most current eye health information and being a resource for vision. We would be remiss if we didn’t discuss what is available to our customers if vision has already been lost. In addition to using our eye vitamins to reduce additional vision changes, we have gathered some information you may find useful. 

Resources For Those With Low Vision

In the twenty-first century, there is an ever-expanding list of options and resources available for those who suffer from low vision. 

For Reading and Writing

Literacy is critical to personal independence and access to information and entertainment. Reading is something that most of us take for granted until we are no longer able to or it becomes increasingly difficult. Imagine, signs on the road are nothing more than a passing blur, your favorite restaurant menu is a fuzzy mess, and you can no longer identify the questions on documents. Not only is low vision incredibly frustrating, but it also causes isolation and depression, robbing those who suffer from it of their independence and freedom. Some options available to the legally blind include:

  • Large print books and forms
  • Optical and non-optical electronic magnifying devices
  • Large-print electronic device options
  • Audio text-to-talk devices and interpreters
  • Alt image text on web photos
  • Braille 
  • Low vision helpful apps
    • LookTel
    • KNFB Reader
    • VizWiz
    • TapTapSee
    • Ariadne GPS
    • Be My Eyes
    • Color ID
    • TalkingTag
    • Visible Braille
    • Talking Calculator
    • BeSpecular

Kindle is an eBook reader that allows readers to download any book and view it in large print on any device. This allows readers to adjust the print size and light and most books are available with narration. Audible is an audiobook service that offers all books to be presented by narration rather than typed text. Both of these options allow those who enjoy reading to continue to experience their favorite classics as well as new options. 

We hope that these tips help you cope with low vision and continue to live your life as normally as possible. Join us in part two of this two-part series where we will discuss adaptive daily living equipment and support groups for those with low vision. 

To help support optimal eye health, Viteyes® offers Omega-3 vision support vitamins to promote macular health. For all of your eye health needs, visit our online eye supplement shop today.