Vision loss can be sudden or gradual so it’s important to recognize the symptoms in a family member that indicate loss of sight and contact an eye doctor, and a blind and visually impaired center for tips and rehabilitation services. The first tip is to actually know the signs of vision loss, and know how to get support.
How to Know if Losing Sight?
There are many signs some more subtle than others when it comes to vision loss. If you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms, first, call an eye doctor for an exam. Then, call Braille Institute a blind and visually impaired center, to arrange a free vision loss assessment appointment.
- Constantly stumbling against objects
- Rubbing the walls when walking
- Having trouble reading, writing and recognizing familiar things
- Squinting or holding reading material too close to eyes, or at an angle including the mail
- Needing more light to read and do other activities
- Having trouble identifying colors and selecting clothes in unusual color combinations or designs
How to Get Support?
If vision is affecting the ability to perform daily tasks, Braille Institute’s Low Vision Rehabilitation Service can help. Low Vision Specialists will work with your family member to maximize their remaining vision by:
- Assessing particular needs
- Providing practical tips on lighting, contrast enhancement and glare control
- Exploring assistive technology devices that can help accomplish everyday tasks like reading, cooking, watching TV, and more
- Providing orientation and mobility training
For example, did you know that bump dots used in the kitchen can easily help someone know which dial to turn and in what direction if they are having trouble seeing the stove? Cooking Without Looking is one of many living skills workshops and classes offered that provides training, tips and support.
Your next step is simple. Call Braille Institute at 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553) to get started. Services are free and insurance is not required.
Losing vision doesn’t mean giving up on life activities, it means learning new ways to do them. Wherever your family member is on the low vision spectrum, as a blind and visually impaired center, we have the expertise and resources to help them succeed. Bilingual staff and services are also available.
One-on-one consultations, classes and workshops are offered virtually at present so that you can get support and participate from the comfort and safety of your own home by either computer or phone.