Help for decreasing vision

Strabismus causes vision problems for many people. These problems seem to worsen as we get older.

Some of us have difficulty with paperwork we are required to read or fill out. If the material is available online, I usually opt for that. Computer fonts can be easily enlarged. For help with computer fonts, see my
August 17, 2005 and September 7, 2005 articles.

But what about organizations who give us paperwork to fill out or read prior to an appointment, opening an account, etc.? I’ve found that they usually have the originals on a computer disk. Usually they are happy to accomodate people with vision difficulties by printing the material in a larger font. Often we just need to ask!

The Low Vision Center in Bethesda, MD offers some wonderful Quick Tips for those who have vision difficulties. There are tips on:

  • Lighting
  • Everyday Activities
  • Using a Magnifier
  • Getting Around
  • Kitchen Organization
  • Computer
  • Television
  • Medication

As more and more of us become seniors during the coming years, there is likely to be even more emphasis on helping people with decreasing vision. Often doing the things we enjoy or need to do involves just a few adjustments to our routine.

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