Tips for Living with Low Vision

According to the Lighthouse National Survey on Vision Loss approximately 14 million Americans--about one out of every 20 people--have low vision. About 135 million people around the world have low vision. This amount is expected to double in the year 2030. Dr. Tronnes is one of only a few specialists in Oregon offering low vision rehabilitation devices. Dr. Tronnes spends a detailed amount of time with patients adapting to low vision and discussing tips and usage of devices. Because February is National Low Vision Awareness Month, we would like to publish some “tips for living with low vision” that we have come across that may be helpful.

  • Carry return address labels with you for times when you need to write your name and address on forms
  • For differentiating between car or house keys, use sticky-back velcro tape. Stick the rough part to one key and the soft part to the other key.
  • When working on computers, you can change the font size of web pages viewed on Internet Explorer. Simply click “view” on the tool bar then “text size” the select a font size.
  • Microsoft provides screen magnification. Click on the “start” menu, then click “programs” then “accessories” then “accessibility” then magnifier. You enter different levels of magnification and it will magnify whatever the mouse is pointed towards.
  • A text-to-speech feature is available in more recent versions of Windows. You can access it by clicking on the “start” menu, then clicking “programs”, then “accessories”, then “accessibility” then “narrator”. Narrator reads what is displayed on your screen: the contents of the active window, menu options, or the text you have typed. (if you have internet, you can go to which offers many suggestions for making your computer easier to see, including increasing the size of both icons and fonts, altering the size and style of the cursor, changing the color scheme, and other useful ideas.
  • Wrap rubber bands around bottles of medications, using one band for each time you should take your medication. Remove one rubber band each time you take your medicine and start again the next day.

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