Little Gifts Make A Big Difference
Every day I give thanks for a number of devices helping me deal with my low vision issues. Looking for a gift to make a real difference in the life of someone with low vision?, here are a few of my favorite things:
First I believe my Kindle has made the biggest difference in the last two or three years. My latest version is the Kindle Touch. I also like the fact that I can recycle these electronic devices. There are various other eReaders I have not tried but get good reviews as well.
This next device has helped me out many times. It’s a pocket-sized OTT Lite carried in my bag, car and other places I need extra light. OTT is a leader in task lighting and many of their products can be helpful, even to those with normal vision, particularly for needle working and small details crafts. Many craft stores carry these lights and with a 50% off coupon they are well-worth the money.
Next on my list is a Lighted Make-up Mirror. Available in several magnifications, mine is 8x and makes life so much easier when you can see where your lips are. Found in many department stores, beauty equipment stores as well as online, this makes a great gift.
I love my Solar Shield Fit Over Sunglasses. Glare of all types causes me serious driving and walking problems. These polarized lens resolved much of this. Lens come in various tints so be sure you try these on in both indoor and outdoor situations. Several other companies make this type of eye wear but my Solar Shields are both economical and the techs really know their stuff.
Switching gears a bit, the following are not devices but organizations to help folks with low vision issues. I love them both for all that they’ve done for me.
The Dr. Harry M. Judge Vision Rehabilitation Center at NABA (Northeast Association for the Blind at Albany) provides low vision examinations and recommendations to improve functional vision plus caring and compassionate low vision specialist provides education in lighting, adaptive aids and technologies.
The Eccentric Viewing Program at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital teaches you to use your best point of vision, often peripheral. It includes a structured 5 week program of exercises and training plus safety instruction and home modifications. Many insurances cover this valuable program.
And for you, a family member or friend remember to use the Amsler Grid to check your vision. Available online or at your ophthalmologist’s office, it’s a great stocking stuffer.