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How to Perform Daily Tasks with Low Vision

An IALVS eye doctor can help you do the everyday activities you want to do!

If you’ve been diagnosed with low vision, it means that your vision condition cannot be corrected entirely with standard prescription eyewear, medicine, or surgery. However, because you still have some remaining sight, you do not suffer from blindness.

While your vision may be sufficient to still do many of your daily, routine activities competently, most likely there are some tasks that pose a challenge. That’s where an IALVS eye doctor can help. Our trained and experienced eye care professionals can help maximize your sight to expand the range of everyday tasks that you can perform.

Daily Tasks Affected by Low Vision – and How Your IALVS Eye Doctor Can Help

  • Reading and writing: literacy is essential for independent living, and our IALVS professionals are dedicated to helping you maintain as much independence as possible. There are a variety of low vision devices and technologies available to help you read everything, such as your mail, a book, a restaurant menu, mahjong tiles, and the ingredient list on a product at the supermarket. These low vision devices can also help you jot down notes or sign a check. Magnification tools and different apps are easy to carry with you, and we’ll fit you with the ideal lens powers for your condition.
  • Cooking and preparing meals: if cooking is your passion, we’ll help you keep the fire burning – even if you’ve suffered vision loss. Plenty of low vision aids are on the market to help with food prep, such as measuring cups with a liquid-level indicator that beeps when the cup is full. Other examples of low vision devices for the kitchen include large print timers, high-contrast cutting boards, talking thermometers, and long oven mitts to keep your entire arm safe from accidental burns.
  • Crafting and playing music: custom reading glasses and specialized magnifiers (handheld or mounted and with attached lighting), can allow you to do fine needlework, read sheet music, create detailed drawings and paintings, and stay active with all your artistic hobbies.
  • Matching your own clothing properly: we can teach you different organizational and labelling techniques to ensure that you never leave home mismatched. Also, a low vision professional can assess the lighting in your home. Often, brighter, direct task lights are necessary to eliminate deep shadows and assist you with identifying colors.
  • Recognizing the faces of friends and family and seeing signs: after a thorough assessment of your distance vision, we can fit you with telescopic or monocular glasses to help you see faces, street and store signs, the TV screen, or any other objects in the distance.

Moral Support for Doing Daily Tasks

Adapting to visual changes and new ways to perform daily tasks can be difficult – both physically and emotionally. In addition to fitting you with the most suitable low vision aids and teaching new lifestyle strategies, your IALVS eye doctor will also provide essential support. We want you to stick with the tasks and hobbies you enjoy, and we’ll strive to help you develop the confidence you need to remain independent!

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