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Living With Low Vision

There’s plenty of small ways you can help simplify life with low vision.


Just a few changes may make a big difference in your daily routine. From small things you can do around your house to special tools you can use for reading and writing, there’s plenty of ways to help simplify your life with low vision.

Find tips and resources for living with low vision.
Control light, contrast, and glare
Low Vision Tip: Control light, contrast, and glare.
  • Keep rooms evenly lit, use adjustable lamps for direct light, and use nightlights
  • Use contrasting colors around the house—for example, paint doorframes and railings a different color from walls
  • Install an interactive device to turn lights on and off, control your thermostat, and more
Take charge of your kitchen
Low Vision Tip: Take charge of your kitchen.
  • Create large labels with a bold marker or paint pen to help organize items on shelves and in your refrigerator
  • Mark appliance dials with brightly colored stickers or tactile dots
Manage your medicines
Low Vision Tip: Manage your medicines.
  • Mark pill bottles with differently colored rubber bands or Velcro to help tell them apart
  • Use large-print pill boxes
Improve your view
Low Vision Tip: Improve your view.
  • Read with a magnifying glass, or use your phone’s camera as a magnifying glass
  • See if large-print materials are available
  • Instead of a traditional book, download an audiobook online or from your local library
  • Enlarge the type size on your computer, and maximize contrast settings
Stay Organized
Low Vision Tip: Stay Organized.
  • Keep commonly used items in the same easy-to-reach places
  • Remove clutter, cords, and throw rugs that may be easy to trip on
What to do when you are out and about
Low Vision Tip:Tips for driving.
  • To reduce glare, wear sunglasses or anti-glare glasses
  • Talk to your retina specialist about driving, and avoid driving at night


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Learn about vision tests.


Learn about some of the tests your doctor may use to diagnose and monitor your condition, and find out what you can do at home.

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In My Eyes virtual reality app allows you to see the symptoms of certain retinal diseases.

See what your loved one may be experiencing

With In My Eyes, you can get a better idea of what your loved one may be experiencing every day. Through virtual reality, this app lets you see and understand the impact certain retinal diseases can have in a real-life setting.

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