If you need equipment to help overcome problems as a result of your vision loss, we will provide help and advice about your options.

We will also advise where you can go for equipment that you may find useful and we may provide some equipment directly to you.

Some common problems related to vision loss, and possible solutions are:

Glare from the sun

If the glare from the sun causes you problems, possible solutions include:

  • Anti-glare glasses which come in various shades to suit different eye conditions; and
  • Using a peaked cap or a hat with a brim.

Out and about

If you have difficulties when you are out and about, the following solutions may help:

  • Specialist training to improve your safety outdoors;
  • Various types of white canes to suit different needs, for example symbol cane, guide cane or long cane; and
  • Using tactile thimbles on traffic light boxes.

Overfilling your cup

If you often overfill your cup, possible solutions include:

  • Improved lighting in your kitchen area;
  • Use of colour contrast between cup and drink to aid vision;
  • Liquid level indicator that provides an audible sound when the level in your cup is nearing the top; and
  • Using different pouring techniques to prevent spillages.

Reading the mail

If you have difficulty reading your mail, possible solutions include:

  • Fluorescent angle poised lamp to provide improved lighting around your reading area;
  • Low vision aids - magnifiers, Eezee Readers and CCTV's;
  • Typoscopes; and
  • Using a reading stand to improve your reading position and posture.

Additionally, you could ask your bank or utility companies to provide bills and statements in large print. Also, some local organisations have volunteers that may help.

Setting various dials in your home

If you have difficulty setting various dials in your home, such as the heating, possible solutions include:

  • Improved lighting in your kitchen area;
  • Use of low vision aids such as magnifiers to help you view the dials easier;
  • Mark the dials with 'bump-ons', 'hi-mark' or other permanent markers; and
  • Use of clock face references as a guide to set dial position.

Telling the time

If you have difficulty telling the time, possible solutions include:

  • 'Easy to see' watches or clocks where the numbers and hands are bigger and bolder than traditional timepieces and the contrast on their faces is better; and
  • Talking watches or clocks that tell you the time when you press a button.

Weighing ingredients for baking

If you cannot accurately weigh ingredients for baking, possible solutions include:

  • Talking kitchen scales which tell you how much of an ingredient you have put in the bowl;
  • Traditional balance scales which use individual weights; and
  • Standard measuring cups or 'yoghurt' pots for dry ingredients.

Writing a shopping list

If you have difficulty writing your shopping list, possible solutions include:

  • Fluorescent angle poised lamp;
  • Low vision aids - magnifiers and CCTV's;
  • Using a 'felt-tip' type pen to provide better contrast of writing, therefore making it easier to read back;
  • Writing frame or thick lined paper;
  • Embossed lined paper to help you write in a straight line and not overwrite what you have just written; and
  • Dictaphones and memo-takers.

Requesting help and support

If you think you might benefit from social care support, you can our free online self-assessment tool to look into ways of helping yourself with daily activities in your own home.

Alternatively, you can contact us to ask for a needs assessment that will help us provide you with the right type of care and support.

The equipment provided to you would depend on your personal needs. We do not normally provide equipment that is readily available and that people would normally be expected to provide for themselves, for example, telephones.

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