Using vision aids can help you do the things you need and want to do. There are many kinds of vision aids. You can buy them at low-vision centers. Some eye doctors also sell these aids. They can train you to use your aids. And they can talk with you about proper lighting.
Your eye doctor will check your eyes and help you get the vision aids that will work best for you. Or he or she may refer you to an eye doctor who is trained to treat low vision (a low-vision specialist). You’ll most likely have glasses prescribed for you, too. Many vision aids are designed to be used along with glasses. Be sure to wear your glasses as directed.
There are many aids to help you see better and make your daily life easier. These include:
Magnifiers, such as high-power glasses and telescopic devices
Large-button telephones and stoves with large dials
Talking clocks, computers, and other machines
Large-print books, newspapers, magazines, and playing cards
Closed-circuit TV systems to magnify reading material
Use a portable light with an adjustable arm. Place it close to what you’re reading or doing. Carry a penlight.
Sit near a window during the day. At night, make sure there is plenty of lighting in the room.
Try a visor, a hat with a brim, or special lenses to reduce glare from lighting or the sun.