You don't see as well as you used to. Eye problems such as age-related macular degeneration
(AMD), glaucoma, cataracts, or diabetic retinopathy may be making it hard to work and manage many of your daily activities. But don't give up. There are lots of things you can do to adapt to low vision and make your life easier and
- You can adapt your home by making changes to lighting, using contrast in objects that you use
often and in structures such as door frames and light switches, labeling and
marking medicines and food, and getting rid of potential hazards.
- If you wear glasses, keeping your lens prescription current can help you adapt to your vision problems.
- Visual aids and adaptive technologies can help you work, communicate, and
travel. These include magnifying lenses,
special video cameras to enlarge pictures or print, large-print books and
newspapers, and adaptive appliances.
- Counseling, rehabilitation, and training can help you with
managing your household, cooking, shopping, personal grooming, and other
aspects of daily home and work life.
- If your low vision prevents you from driving, you can explore other ways to get around, such as riding with family and friends, using public transportation, or taking taxis. You can also see if your area offers low-cost bus or taxi service for people who have low vision.
- Building a personal support network can help you
keep or improve your quality of life and cope with your vision problems.
To keep doing the things you enjoy, you
will want to make a few changes to your lifestyle. The changes you need to make
depend on how much vision you have lost, what kinds of activities you like to
do, and your current lifestyle. Making changes may seem difficult and time-consuming, but be patient. You can keep your independence and continue the activities you
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