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Oct 3, 2019

13 Little Updates to Make Your Home Low-vision Friendly

by: Jerilyn Covert HEALTH WRITER

When you have low vision resulting from a condition like wet macular degeneration, everyday household tasks can be a challenge. Luckily, a few simple upgrades can dramatically improve your ability to perform them, says Debra Young, M.Ed., O.T.R./L., vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association and owner of the OT practice EmpowerAbility in Newark, DE. “It’s about functional observation,” says Young—paying attention to problems and potential safety risks to find a home modification that can help. Ideally, you’ll work with an occupational therapist. But in the meantime, here are a few ideas to get you started.

turning on lamp

Light Up the Place

Macular degeneration affects both rods and cones, says Dawn DeCarlo, O.D., director of low-vision rehab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Rods help you see in low light; cones help you see fine details and function best in bright light. So for many patients, simply adding task lighting can make a big difference. Put it wherever you can: kitchen counters, reading and crafting areas, dark hallways and stairs, the shower, even the toilet.

Pro tip: DIY options like puck and strip lighting are easy and inexpensive. But if you’re not sure you’ll keep up on replacing the batteries, consider having a permanent fixture installed, says Young….

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Source: Health Central

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