Living with macular degeneration requires a willingness to adapt and to try new ways of doing things. Bob Proctor the author of ABC's of Success shares that the three A's of aware, accept and adapt are keys to living life successfully in any area of our lives.
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 a dark rimmed plate on a white tablecloth or placemat
Avoid plates and dishes that have lots of pattern. Instead of using a clear glass for your water get a blue one like the one in the picture.
√ Select kitchen canisters that contrast with the color of your countertoplarge number measuring cups and large number measuring spoons
√ 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 glass√ Use the dark side of a low vision black 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
Buy tactile bumps of different shapes, colors, and material to mark a variety of objects. These bumps are among the most useful things for everyday life.
The tactile bumps adhere to most surfaces, and they make it possible to identify all sorts of things by touch - from the start button on your dishwasher to the 1 minute timer on your microwave.
Use colored and not clear soap dispensers and toothbrush holders to easily see and access these frequently used bathroom items.
Use bathroom towels and washcloths that are a solid color and contrast with your bathtub, sink and counter.
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 or place Yellow Reflective Tape on stairs.
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
Living with macular degeneration will involve more lights and brighter lights as your macular degeneration progresses.
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
No need to measure and mess up with spills when you use pre-packaged products like these laundry packets.
Simply toss one packet into the washing machine and use tactile bumps on the dials to help you set the machine to the right wash and dry cycle.
No need to overfill your dishwasher when you use dishwasher packets.
"The key to exploring unfamiliar table settings is to go low and slow. This approach avoids knocking things over as we figure out what is where. Moving low means hovering our hands just above the table itself to explore. That way we'll come into contact with the base of a water glass, for instance instead of the rim."
Watch a short video on how to safely navigate a table when you are at a restaurant or at a friend's or family's home for dinner.
Why not benefit from what someone else with macular degeneration has learned?