Living with Low Vision: Asking for Help
Living and learning to cope with low vision can be very difficult. Those who are visually impaired may feel depressed and isolated. They can become frustrated because routine tasks may now be hard to accomplish. Sports, hobbies and other leisure activities sometimes seem almost impossible. The key for the visually impaired is to try taking on challenges and resolving problems without becoming overwhelmed by negative emotions. Ironically, to remain as independent as possible requires a team effort. This team effort should include professionals such as physicians and visual rehabilitation specialists, community volunteers, and loved ones. There are also many support groups for those with low vision where members can discuss common issues and coping strategies, and exchange information.
There are a number of low vision organizations for macular degeneration and glaucoma that provide resources and assistance. Many companies offer a variety of low vision aids for daily activities, and print and audio materials are available for the visually impaired, sometimes at little or no cost. For those with limited resources, it's possible to find financial aid to defray medical and other costs.
When a loved one is visually impaired, family and friends may not be sure what type of assistance is needed or desired, and consequently they may overprotect or withdraw. Those with low vision need to openly communicate and ask for help if necessary, but also assert their independence. Frank discussion among everyone affected often leads to better understanding. Family and friends may find it useful to divide up responsibilities if they are asked or want to volunteer to help. These responsibilities may include adapting the home and ensuring it is safe, running errands, making and keeping medical and other types of appointments, helping with meals, house cleaning and other tasks, social activities and outings.
The website Lotsahelpinghands has a group calendar where everyone can add, view and organize these offers of assistance.
Get family and friends to help you with this great online tool. Lotsa Helping Hands is a free private group calendar that helps caregivers, friends, family members and other volunteers coordinate the dates and times when they will help with caregiving duties, such as preparing meals, providing rides or running errands.
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Disclaimer: The above organization is not affiliated with the BrightFocus Foundation. In addition, BrightFocus is not responsible for the content of this organization's website, and does not endorse any particular programs offered.
Last Review: 08/23/13