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Living with impaired vision

Living with impaired vision - Five Tips to Improve Your Everyday Life

Impaired vision can have a negative impact on your life. It can limit your ability to work, drive, read, cook, and do other everyday tasks. Impaired vision could result from ageing or another health condition, but that doesn't mean you can't continue living a productive and happy life.

If you’re currently struggling with impaired vision and are looking for ways to improve your daily life, these five tips will help you cope better with this condition.

Recognize the limitations of your vision


First, you need to understand the limitations of your vision. If you are experiencing low vision, you may have trouble seeing even with glasses and closed eyes. Impaired vision can come from different conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or ageing. Depending on the cause of your vision impairment, your eye doctor can recommend treatment, drugs, or assistive devices.

Find a pair of glasses that fits your needs


If you're visually impaired, you need a pair of glasses to help you see better. First, select a frame that doesn't obstruct your peripheral vision. For example, rimless lenses are a good option. Make sure you choose frames that don't weigh too much on your nose. They should also be light and easy to clean. If you have low vision, you may need a pair of glasses with a larger frame and thicker lenses. This will help you see better, especially when you're outside.

Use assistive technology


Another way to improve your vision is by using assistive technology. For example, if you have macular degeneration and find reading difficult, you may want to use a talking computer or a talking book app. A talking computer will read the words on the screen aloud. A talking book app will read the book aloud. Although reading a book with a computer and reading a book with an app is different, you can still read and enjoy books with these apps.

Adapt to your environment to improve your vision


You can do many things to improve your vision without relying on glasses or assistive technology. You can start by creating an eye-friendly environment. For example, you should reduce glare and brighten up dark areas. An excellent way to do this is by installing energy-efficient lighting. You can also add plants to your home and office. They can help you relax and reduce eye strain.

You may also want to change your daily routine to facilitate your vision. For example, you can place your keys by the door or keep frequently used items within arm's reach.

Stay physically fit


The last tip to improve your vision is through regular physical activity. Being physically fit is an excellent way to improve your overall health, including your vision. Exercise improves blood flow, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen to your eyes. However, don't start an exercise program without consulting a doctor. He or she will help you decide on the best exercises for you. You can also ask your doctor about eye-friendly exercises, such as yoga and tai-chi.
Exercising regularly will also help you prevent weight gain, which is common among people with impaired vision. This condition may cause you to forget to eat or feel too tired to cook. If you're ever in this situation, ensure you eat nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods, such as salads.

Impaired vision doesn't mean you are helpless and unable to do anything except sit at home waiting for someone to bring you food. You need to readjust your thinking and work with what you've got. With a little creativity and know-how, you can live the life you want – even if it means living with impaired vision.