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Helpful Tips for the Vision Impaired /
Here are ten simple
tips to make living with low vision more
the amount of lighting directly over the task that you
are doing. Focus the light directly onto what you are
doing. LED lights, natural light and natural daylight
bulbs are recommended.
Do not use fluorescent lights as fluorescent
light causes glare.
2. Brushing teeth
colored or striped toothpaste as these are easier to see
on the white bristles of a toothbrush. Or, simply squirt
the toothpaste directly into your mouth and brush!
feeling the edges of your coins, you will notice that
there are different edges on each coin. The dime and
quarter have a rough or serrated type edge, and the
penny and nickel have a smooth edge. For paper money, turn the paper bill so the back
of the bill is facing you. You will notice that the
number in the bottom right corner is the largest on the
bill. This is true for the $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills.
4. Reading the
numbers on your credit card
piece of paper over the credit card and then take a
pencil and color over the raised numbers of the credit
card. Be sure to also color the expiration date. Then
keep this in a safe place. When you need to give out your credit card
number, it will be easier to see.
5. Using a cell
cell phones today are voice activated and can be used by
voice commands. Have someone help you program yours to
use voice activation features.
6. Marking the dials on the stove
Use puff paint or tactile paint, available at
fabric stores, to mark key points on the dial. Or,
liquid Wite-Out can be used to mark black or dark
colored stove dials.
7. Marking items in the cupboard/pantry
When unpacking groceries, label them with extra
wide masking tape and black marking pen before
putting the items in the cupboards.
8. Matching socks
Pin socks together before placing in the laundry.
Use brass or stainless steel safety pins as they
will not rust.
9. Pouring liquids into a cup
Pour coffee into a white mug; the contrasting
color of the coffee and the mug will make it easier
to see how filled the cup is. Or place index finger
into the cup; you will feel when the liquid touches
10. Writing made easier
Use a dark, bold point marker such as a 20/20
pen, or a bold tip gel pen (1.0 mm tip) and print.
Do not write in cursive as it is harder to see and
maintain a straight line.