Tips and tricks for living with low vision

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Your vision, your way

Adjusting to life with low vision can be difficult, but a few simple changes can make a big difference. 

Follow our handy tips and tricks to help you navigate your journey with vision loss.

Staying safe

Independence is important to us all.

That’s why we recommend taking these steps to help you stay safe:

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Single vision lenses

You can reduce your risk of falling by using single vision lenses instead of multifocal ones. Talk to your doctor to find out more.

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Clear walkways

Try to keep walkways clear of clutter with less tripping hazards like cables or rugs.

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LED bulbs

LED bulbs can help light rooms more evenly, saving your eyes from having to adjust to your surroundings.

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Bright tape

Line the edges of your stairs with bright tape or paint so that you can see them better.

Getting around

If driving is no longer an option, there are other solutions to getting around:

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Public transport

Research routes in advance to find the best public transport and times to suit your trip.

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Family and friends

Don’t be afraid to ask loved ones to help you get from A to B.

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Transport services for people with visual needs

There are a number of accessible transport services designed to cater to your visual needs.

Reading and writing

Disruptions to reading and writing can affect your everyday life, from hobbies to work.

But there are ways to make it easier:

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Paper contrast

Using coloured paper can help you to write by increasing contrast. A thicker pen and a writing guide are also useful adjustments.

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Magnifiers

Magnifiers can help make books and magazines more readable. You can find a wide range of large print books and e-books in your local library.

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Task lamp

Task lamps can help you to adapt the lighting in your room to suit your needs.

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Computers

When using a computer, remember that you can change multiple features to make text easier to read. Screen adapters and lens filters can also help minimise glare from the screen while you work.

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Audio

Voiceover apps and audiobooks are useful for when you want to give your eyes a break.

Reaching out

If you or a loved one is experiencing vision loss, it’s important to get in touch with your
doctor. You might also find it helpful to talk to other people in a similar situation.

Check out the organisations below to get to know other people with vision loss in your
community:

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