Low-Vision Accommodations in Your Home - Topic Overview
There are many things you can do to make living with low
vision easier and safer. Low-vision rehabilitation specialists can give you
detailed information and training on doing your household tasks and other
activities that can be more challenging when you have reduced vision.
- Position lighting so that it is aimed at what
you want to see, and away from your eyes.
- Add table and floor lamps
in areas where extra lighting is frequently needed.
- Use window
coverings that allow you to adjust the level of natural
- Make sure potentially hazardous areas such as entries and
stairways are well lit.
Contrast makes use of your eyes' ability to distinguish objects and
their surroundings based on differences in brightness or color, rather than
shape or location. If you have low vision, you may need more light to be able
to distinguish objects with similar brightness or color (low contrast).
- Place light objects against dark backgrounds,
or dark objects against a light background. For example, if you have white or
light-colored walls, use dark switch plates to mark the location of light
switches. You can also use lighted switches that glow softly and so are easier
- You can also use paint in a contrasting color to mark
electrical outlets, oven dials, thermostats, and other items so that they are
easier to find and use.
- Paint door frames in a contrasting color. If the door is light, paint the frame with a dark color. Use dark doorknobs on
- In your bathroom, use contrasting color for
items such as cups, soap dishes, and even the soap.
Label and mark
- Use high contrast, such as bold black lettering
on a white background, when making labels, signs, and other markings. Post
signs at eye level.
- Label any medicines that you take so that they
are easily and clearly identified. Use colored, high-contrast labels to "color
code" medicines, spices, foods, and other items.
- Mark the
positions of the temperature settings you use most frequently on your stove and
oven controls, as well as the "on" and "off" positions. Some appliances are
available with extra-large, high-contrast markings and
- In the kitchen and bathroom, mark the settings for the
faucets that provide the right water temperature. To prevent overfilling a sink
or bathtub, mark the water level you want with a strip of waterproof tape or
- Mark the areas around stairways and ramps with paint or tape,
preferably with a high-contrast color such as dark tape on light