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Color and Contrast Provides Clarity
September 28, 2016

Color and Contrast Provides Clarity

Many people who have vision loss due to macular degeneration often spend their energy seeking the latest treatment and/or clinical trials to treat their retinal condition and enhance their vision. While these endeavors are noble and often very helpful, it is also important to realize that there is another avenue to maximize one's usable vision. This other strategy is very simple, doesn't cost much and is quite effective. It's using color and contrast in ways that will make objects "pop" and become visible rather than fade away.

Dark on White and White On Dark

One example of how color and contrast can make a big difference in the kichen is with this black and white cutting board. Cutting up white cauliflower on a white board can be very difficult to manage, but if one uses the black side of the board the white cauliflower suddenly becomes quite visible.

Colored, Not Clear Glasses or Plates

It wasn't unusual for my father-in-law who has wet macular degeneration to knock over his drinking glass. Because it was made of clear glass and filled with clear water, the glass became "invisible" to him.

By simply replacing the clear glass with a dark blue, solid colored one he is now able to see it on the white countertop. There are less mishaps in the kitchen.

Find out other ways that color and contrast can make your usable vision more "usable:"

Maximize Your Vision With Contrast and Color 

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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