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Glaucoma: Living With Reduced Vision

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Reduced vision, or low vision, from glaucoma may make it difficult for you to work and manage many of the activities of daily life. Learning to adapt to reduced vision can make your life easier and safer.

  • Accommodations for reduced vision in your home can include changing lights and lighting, using contrast in objects you use often and in structures such as door frames and light switches, labeling and marking medications and food, and eliminating other potential hazards.
  • Visual aids and adaptive technologies such as magnifying lenses, video enlargement systems, large-print books and newspapers, and adaptive appliances can help you work, communicate, and travel.
  • Counseling, rehabilitation, and training are available to assist you in managing your household, cooking, shopping, personal grooming, and other aspects of daily home and work life that can be challenging to a person with reduced vision.
  • Developing a personal support network can help you maintain your quality of life and deal with the fear and anxiety that can result from having a chronic illness.


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
Last Revised May 5, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 05, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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