Welcome to the last part of this Series! I thank you for following along!
Miscellaneous Low Vision Products
Here's a few more products that may help you, depending on your degree of loss:
1) It doesn't matter what type or the degree of loss you have, a simple identification white cane will help while you're out in public. Understand these are much lighter and thinner than those that really depend on a white cane for use. These "identification" canes don't necessarily need to be used "full-time" but just alerts people that you have trouble seeing and it can occasionally be used to find a step or curb. I know there will be a struggle with "being seen with a cane" but you need to think of it as a tool and not an "identity". It's a lot simpler (and safer) if that car saw the cane and stopped before you're able to see it out of your limited peripheral vision.
2) Have a personal magnifier on you. Have one around your neck as jewelry, or a wallet sized one to pull out whenever you need to read a menu, a price tag, and other things.
3) Wearing a hat with a brim really helps me with reducing glare while outside and inside bright offices and buildings. You'll rarely see me without my ballcap outside my house.
4) Do protect your vision with sunglasses whenever you're outside. Dark ones don't necessarily help with low vision (and may actually make it worse). There are a variety of colors that help the various types of loss, the best ones people with low vision have found suitable are 4 colors: RED, YELLOW, ORANGE and AMBER (BROWN). These colors help with contrast clarity and items "pop out" clearer. Be sure to get polarized UV protection as well. You'll need to experiment to see which color benefits you the most. These can come in slip-overs (fits over your existing glasses), and clip-ons.
5) For even more freedom to travel alone, download Lazarillo. A specialized GPS for blind and low vision travelers. It will give audio instructions to your designation as well as describe the places around you as you go.
Final Say about Having Low Vision
I just wanted to say a few final things to you with low vision, and to those around you:
* If you just got diagnosed with low vision and you might be feeling a big loss and feeling down - I'm telling you things will be alright and you CAN be independent and continue to enjoy your life! Please seek out Independent Living Skills and Orientation and Mobility Training from your nearest Vision Loss Agency. This will go a long way to regaining your freedom and reduce your fears.
* It will help to join social groups with other people that have the same vision loss as yours. Sharing and support helps with mental and emotional issues and you'll meet new friends and get new "life hack" ideas as well.
* To friends and loved ones of those with vision loss - Number one rule: Do not patronize them AT ALL! It's their eyesight that's lost, not their mental facilities.
* Do let them, (and encourage them), to do things for themselves, no matter how long it takes. Patience goes a long way here.
* Learn how to properly guide the person with low vision. Learn to give verbal clues instead of pointing or saying "over there".
* Lastly, if you need financial help for your low vision loss:
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Thank you for reading my series and feel free to comment your own life hacks for low vision or any questions you want to know.
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