Low Vision Resources

 

Having low vision can make navigating life difficult but having the right resources can keep you doing the things you love. Low vision is a condition caused by eye disease, in which visual acuity is 20/70 or worse in the better-seeing eye and cannot be improved with eyeglasses or surgery. Studies indicate that the majority of people in the United States with vision loss are adults who are not totally blind but cannot see sharply. Your vision is not what defines you or your future. Making tasks easier and lowering thresholds is the key to maintaining a healthy quality of life while living with a vision impairment. Check out the following resources to get on the way to living your best life and pursuing your dreams. 

Audiobooks 

Large print materials, daily living aids, organizational products, instructional materials, etc. 

Technologies, computers, cell phones, video magnifiers 

National Organizations for support 

Self-help Books 

  • Duffy, M., Making Life More Livable: Simple Adaptations for Living at Home After Vision LossNY: American Foundation for the Blind, 2002. 
  • Mogk, L. and M. MogkMacular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight. NY: Ballantine Books, 2003. 
  • Roberts, D. The First Year – Age Related Macular Degeneration. NY: Marlowe & Co. 2006. 

Local Resources 

We always suggest getting connected with the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired here in West Michigan. They have a ton of resources like support groups and counseling, vision rehabilitation, daily living skill instruction, home assessment, peer groups, and low vision aids and appliances. It’s a great place to be able to try before you buy some of the more expensive vision appliances and see what’s the right fit for you. Keep searching for solutions on how to keep doing the activities that you love. You can do it. We can help. Call us at (616) 954-2020.