Using Low-Vision Aids at Home

Topic Overview

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?

Cooking

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 chores

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.

Medicines

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.

Home Safety

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.

Bills

Vision aids for paying bills include:

  • Calculators with extra-large buttons.
  • Bold-lined paper for check writing.
  • Direct lighting at desk.

Computers

Vision aids for reading and using the computer include:

  • Magnifiers.
  • 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.

Personal care

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.

Credits

Current as ofMay 5, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Christopher Joseph Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology