Using Low-Vision Aids at Home
Vision aids can help you in many of your daily activities. Here are lists of vision aids used in different areas. Which ones might help you?
Vision aids for cooking include:
- Large-print, ringing, or talking cooking timer.
- Large-print or marked control dials for stove, oven, and other kitchen appliances.
- Raised or clearly marked measuring cups and spoons.
Household vision aids include:
- Large-print or marked dials for washer and dryer.
- Contrasting colors in backgrounds, such as light switches that are darker or lighter than walls.
- Extra lighting. For example:
- Direct light for reading or specific tasks.
- Window coverings that adjust.
- More light in halls or stairs.
For taking medicine, try using:
- Large-print labels, color coding, or raised marking for medicine bottles.
- Daily, weekly, or monthly pill organizer with large print or braille.
To help keep your home safe:
- Remove area rugs or replace worn carpeting.
- Arrange home to clear paths and walkways.
- Use handrails in bathroom and stairs.
Vision aids for paying bills include:
- Calculators with extra-large buttons.
- Bold-lined paper for check writing.
- Direct lighting at desk.
Vision aids for reading and using the computer include:
- Closed-captioned television (CCTV), video camera, or special goggles to enlarge print, pictures, or other items.
- Large-print or braille books and magazines.
- Microphones, large computer screens, or software to allow use of the computer.
For personal care, you can try using:
- Labels on hot and cold water faucets.
- Water level marks for bath and sink.
- Large-print or talking alarm clock or watch.
- Telephone with extra-large buttons or one that is marked.
Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Christopher J. Rudnisky MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology