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There are many adjustments to make in your every day living with macular degeneration. The most important is your attitude - you need to be willing to try to do things differently.
Some changes are easy - like using colored dinner plates that contrast with your placemat. Some are more difficult and may involve training from a low vision specialist.
As your macular degeneration progresses it becomes more difficult to see or notice objects when there isn't as much contrast -
such as a black pen on a black granite counter top, but ...put that black pen on a white counter top it can be seen quite easily.
Provide contrast to all areas of your home such as:
In the Kitchen:
√ Use white plates on a dark tablecloth or placemat
See how this white cup and saucer stands out on a dark background?
You could also do the reverse - use dark colored plates on a light or white placemat.
√ Select kitchen canisters that contrast with the color of your countertop
√ Use potholders that are bright, solid colored and contrast with your counters
√ Drink coffee from a white mug
The contrast of the dark coffee with the white coffee cup makes it easier to pour and to see how much liquid is in the cup.
√ Drink milk from a dark glassblack and white cutting board when preparing light colored foods like cauliflower, potatoes, onions and mushrooms.
√ Use a white cutting board when preparing dark leafy greens, green peppers, or zucchini
Rest of the House√ Use dark colored face plates on your electrical switches and outlets if you have light colored walls
√ Use white on black stickers to label your computer keys
√ Paint the edges of your outdoor steps in white
√ Use bathroom towels and washcloths that are a solid color and contrast with your bathtub, sink and counter.
Talking watches, large print books, bold numbered measuring cups and large print keyboards are just a few of
the low vision aids available for those with macular degeneration.
Glare can interfere with your vision and it can come from a bright room filled with sunshine to just trying to see a shiny deck of cards. There are ways to adapt to glare. You can:
√ Choose incandescent lights over fluorescent lights
√ Change your position in relationship to your light source
√ Use venetian blinds or sheer curtains to allow as much sunlight in and yet can accommodate the glare
√ Put down rugs (secure them) to reduce glare from polished hardwood floors
√ Wear light yellow NOIR sunglasses to cut glare indoors and outdoors
√ Choose furniture with a flat or matt finish
√ Develop your pictures with a matt finish rather than a glossy finish
Place more lamps in a room for general lighting and use an adjustable swing arm or gooseneck lamp for tasks like writing bills or reading your mail.
Keep small LED penlights or flashlights handy for a quick read or to see the settings on your washing machine or microwave.
Learn how the right lighting can make your world a little bit brighter :)
The author covers topics such as magnifiers and visual aids to electronic technology and binocular telescopes.Insight into Low Vision
Peggy Wolfe, the author of Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss,
shares with WebRN Macular Degeneration readers some of her best tips
for maintaining her independence and coping with her loss of central
vision from macular degeneration.
Interview with author Peggy Wolfe