Glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that gradually reduces sight, often goes unnoticed for years, as damage to the optic nerve occurs. In fact, more than 2.7 million people in the United States have glaucoma. We’ve compiled the below tips to help support everyone in living well and independently despite any vision loss.
Ideas for Home:
- Increase lighting – One of the simplest ways to boost your confidence at home is to increase lighting. Try using stronger light bulbs throughout your home.
- Add color contrast – Adding contrasting colors to your daily routine can help ease confusion too.
- Use nonskid decorative rugs – Whether in your bathroom or on any slippery surface, make sure that all rugs and mats are nonskid. Using items that contrast with floor colors can also help with visibility.
- Easy payment options – Having low vision doesn’t mean you need to give up financial independence. Banks can provide large-print checks to assist with payment for groceries or bills.
- Use smartphone technology – Assistive technologies have made great strides in the past few years. Use built-in zoom functions on your smartphone to increase the size of text or images for easier reading. Smartphone apps can also be used to convert your voice to text for easy entry in messages and e-mails.
- Carry a portable magnifier – If you know that you’ll be in a situation requiring a lot of reading, take a portable magnifier with you for easy enlargement of text.
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