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Aug 13, 2019

How Nate Berkus Is Making Homes Safer for People with Vision Loss

Written by Cathy Cassata

“I’m offering my design ideas to make it easier for people with declining vision to live in their homes,” says celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus (pictured above). Image courtesy of Novartis

Celebrity interior designer and TLC host on “Nate & Jeremiah by Design,” Nate Berkus, recalls standing in his grandmother’s condo brainstorming how to make her living space safer and easier to navigate as she managed her declining vision.

“At the time, I didn’t have any answers,” Berkus told Healthline.

However, over the years, he gained insight and plans to share it to help others living with vision loss.

In partnership with the pharmaceutical company Novartis and ophthalmology advocacy groups, Berkus is taking part in the My Home in Sight program, which aims to help those with wet macular degeneration (wet AMD), an eye disease that causes blurred vision or a blind spot, make simple design changes that can preserve their independence without sacrificing style.

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