Improving your safety when you have low vision

Low vision can occur as the result of a number of different eye diseases, including glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as well as eye and brain injuries. Fortunately, there are several things you can do learn to live safely with low vision and reduce the risk of injuries or the need for emergency care . Boost your safety when you’re living with low vision with these techniques.

Add additional lights
The amount of lighting in your home can dramatically impact your ability to see. By installing additional lights, you can improve your vision and reduce your chances of tripping or bumping into items that could cause injury.

Start by replacing your existing bulbs with higher wattage bulbs. In areas where overhead lighting is not sufficient, add additional lamps. Adjust your bulbs and the number of light sources in a space according to your needs.

Create contrast
Color contrasts are easier to see than colors in the same shade when you have low vision. Take advantage of color contrasts to increase your ability to see.

For example, consider laying a colored blanket across the back of a white or lightly colored piece of furniture. You may also benefit from putting a black cloth or contact paper down on a surface on which you store white paper. Don’t store trip hazards, like shoes, on similarly colored carpet or flooring.

Use talking medical devices
If you have a chronic medical condition that requires you to use a device to manage it, then your needs don’t stop because you have low vision. Talking devices, which tell you a reading rather than requiring you to see it, will make your care easier.

Diabetics, for instance, who need to check their blood sugar levels multiple times per day can benefit from having a talking glucose meter that reads out their test results. This allows people to make decisions about insulin dosing and meal planning without having to read the meter.

Help is available for low vision. Make an appointment at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center with a specialist who can help you make decisions about your care. To get a referral to a physician, call our Thousand Oaks hospital today at (877) 888-5746.