Open Your Eyes to These 3 Diabetes-Related Vision Impairments
Our eyes are our windows to the world, but we often don’t see just how vital our vision is until it becomes compromised. Diabetes can affect almost all parts of the body, quite literally from head to toe, and diabetics are at an increased risk for both blindness and other minor vision impairments.
If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, keep an eye out for these top eye conditions that may affect diabetics, according to the American Diabetes Association:
Glaucoma: Since diabetics are at a 40% higher risk of contracting glaucoma, it’s imperative to be screened regularly. The risk also increases with age and with the length of time a person has had diabetes. There are medications available to reduce pressure in the eye, and surgical options as well.
Cataracts: As with glaucoma, the risk of cataracts is more common … Read More »
Use Colors to Enhance Vision
Do you know someone dealing with vision loss? Being a caregiver to someone losing his or her vision can leave you feelings helpless, but it doesn’t have to. Many people don’t realize one of the easiest ways to help someone with vision loss is to utilize contrasting colors. Rearranging parts of a home utilizing colors more effectively can make it safer and allow for greater independence.
Here are some simple rules to remember regarding color and contrast for those with low vision:
Generally, solid, bright colors such as red, orange, and yellow are easiest to see because of their ability to reflect life.
Place light colored objects against darker backgrounds. For example, a white sheet of paper is more visible against a brown desktop.
Place dark objects against lighter backgrounds. A dark chair will stand out better against cream-colored walls.
Distinguishing colors within each of … Read More »
Technology Help for Vision Loss
People often think ‘vision loss’ is synonymous with ‘loss of independence’. When vision starts to decline, simple activities like driving and grocery shopping feel further out of reach. It’s true that a loss in vision can make it harder to go through day-to-day activities, but today there are many different technologies available specifically designed to make vision loss manageable.
Here are a few examples of innovative products to enhance the independence of the visually impaired:
Talking Color Identifier with Light Probe
This small device detects about 100 colors, which can be very helpful when dressing independently. It speaks clearly at three volumes and has an earphone jack.
Hi-Mark™ Tactile Pen
This pen produces a three-dimensional plastic liquid that makes raised lines, dots and shapes to identify clothing, canned goods, frozen foods, and mark the settings on appliances.
VOXCOM III Voice Labeling System
Record messages by pressing a … Read More »
Caregivers: Recognize the Signs of Increasing Vision Loss
Vision loss can be a scary experience. Suddenly, the world gets smaller, and you can’t do the simple things you once could. While many eye problems are treatable and often maintainable, there comes a time when you simply need help to do the day to day activities safely. However, it can be hard to admit help is needed. You may worry that others will see you differently, that you will lose your privacy, or that you will lose overall independence. These types of fears may keep seniors from admitting the vision problems they are experiencing.
This is why it is important to be able to recognize small changes in behavior and appearance that signal a need for a visit to the eye doctor or a little extra help. If you notice certain behaviors or coping techniques, you may be able to … Read More »