Living With Low Vision

Stress – A Strain on Your Eyesight

Posted on: Jul 06, 2017

“I am a little worried as my eyes seem to be getting worse. I’ve been under a tremendous amount of stress the past month,” shared a patient with macular degeneration. Anyone with a degenerative eye disease can relate and knows about the anxiety and stress vision loss creates. For those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) […]

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Librivox App Free Audio Library

Posted on: May 17, 2017

A favorite app and website of mine that will quickly become one of your favorites too is LibriVox.  The app is free and can be downloaded to your mobile phone, iPod, or tablet.   These free public domain (in the United States)  audiobooks can be listened to on-line, downloaded to your iPod or phone, or burned […]

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Visually Impaired Run the Boston

Posted on: May 03, 2017

This week I met my niece for supper who ran her first Boston Marathon. A cross country runner in high school and college, running is one of her passions.  Although she is fully sighted, did you know that many visually impaired people run the Boston Marathon?  In fact this year’s 2017 Boston Marathon marks the […]

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3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing a Home for a Person with a Visual Impairment

Posted on: Mar 21, 2017

When preparing a home for a person with a visual impairment, it’s just as important to know what not to do as it is to know what to do. Sometimes in working to prepare a home, people make too many changes or over correct too much. The result can be too much lighting, too little […]

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A day in the life of a MoJo

Posted on: Mar 08, 2017

Ms. Ima Hapenow was devastated by the news that her ophthalmologist gave her last summer that she has macular degeneration and she is considered legally blind. In the past six months it has been such a disappointment to not be able to do all those things that she has always taken for granted. But today […]

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Helping Your Visually Impaired Roommate Adjust to Your Home

Posted on: Mar 06, 2017

You have a new roommate, who is visually impaired. Perhaps they have been so their entire life, or maybe his/her visual impairment occurred more recently, becoming a burden for them to face alone. It’s a good idea to take some time to try to understand what it’s like for this person as you accept them […]

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Fluctuating Vision – Causes and Concerns

Posted on: Feb 20, 2017

Fluctuating vision is a common concern for those with chronic eye diseases.  One day your vision may be sharper and clearer than normal and the next it’s blurred and the clarity seems to have disappeared.  “My vision fluctuates from day to day” or “ I notice differences from day to day and some days my […]

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The Benefits of Motion Activated Lighting

Posted on: Feb 13, 2017

Recently my husband and I decided to take an afternoon to explore a new housing development that included 11 model homes with the latest in home decorating from window treatments to flooring to light fixtures.  As we walked into any room the lights automatically turned on and when we left, they automatically turned off.  The […]

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Use Hearing in Place of Seeing

Posted on: Feb 10, 2017

When there is a loss of vision, the natural tendency is to want to restore what’s been lost through better prescription glasses, higher magnification, or improved lighting.  All of these strategies are certainly helpful for seeing better but they are not the only strategy for maintaining independence for those with low vision.  My father-in-law has […]

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Use Touch In Place of Sight

Posted on: Feb 03, 2017

When vision is diminished and the ability to see and read fine print or the ability to perform daily tasks becomes challenging use touch instead of sight.  Peggy R. Wolfe has had wet macular degeneration for many years and shares her insights in her book Vision Loss, Strategies for Living with Hope and Independence.  She […]

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