“Living with low vision is living like a normal human being, just with extra patience and care.”
My name is Mark and I’ve been living with a low vision from last 24 years. I starting losing my eyesight right when I was 27, too young to handle this problem. I lost my independence when it was the highest time to enjoy it. All my friends were dating, and I used to stay at home, struggling to read, walk and to do daily chores. I was always concerned about keeping a job, dealing with people- including colleagues, friends and even family members; participating in recreational and social activities.
I will not bore you much with my misery as I truly believe the more you consider it as a havoc, the more it feels like one. More than that, I want to share positive vibes only. So, here I am with my tips and tricks to cope up with low vision. Most of them I’ve learnt online, or are my personal experience throughout my journey with low vision.
- INVESTIGATE There are many places you can go for help if you have low vision. A number of agencies and organizations across the country can provide information about support and rehabilitation services, as well as other resources. You can find the low vision help centre in your state here.
- ADVOCATE If you’ve been told “nothing more can be done with regular corrective eyeglasses,” you may need to have a low vision specialist evaluate you. Vision rehabilitation specialists can prescribe magnifiers, telescopic aids, closed-circuit TVs and other products that can help you make the most of your limited vision. Ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist.
- SUPPORT If you are having trouble learning to live with vision loss or want to meet other people who are dealing with vision problems, a support group can be a great resource. Support groups can help you find out how other people have coped with sight loss. They can help you learn how to do old things in new ways, get more information on low vision and meet new friends.
- COMMUNICATE Write down questions for your eye doctor before your next visit. Speak openly with him or her about your questions and concerns. Ask a family member or close friend to go with you into the examining room. It helps to get someone else’s input and will help them understand your eye condition. Family members may surprise you with their creative solutions.
- ANTICIPATE If your eye doctor has told you that you could lose more of your vision, get prepared. Stay positive about the challenges of living with low vision. You may need to develop new skills for daily living. Learn as much as you can about resources and rehabilitation services that are available. It will make adjusting easier if you are prepared ahead of time
- EDUCATE Learn everything you can about your eye condition. The more you understand, the less fear you may experience. Educating yourself helps address your concerns and assists you in talking to your eye doctor and others about your vision problems. Knowledge gives you control. Never hurt yourself with fake online drugs; make sure to buy generic drugs only from a reputed online pharmacy.
- BE DETERMINED It’s common to feel anger, grief, and depression when you have vision loss. Losing even part of your vision can be devastating. But stay determined and be persistent. You can make the most of your remaining vision.
- STAY MOTIVATED You need to take control of your life. Know that much of what has to be done to keep your independence and quality of life must be done by you.
- STAY HOPEFUL There are many exciting advances that have been made possible through medical research. A cure may be found in the future for many eye conditions and diseases. Support research with your vote. Write your Congressional representatives and stay involved.
This was my session in #TellYourTale with www.cheapmedicineshop.com
Thank you for reading it till the end; I hope you find it valuable. Please share it with your friends and family as a part of raising awareness this ‘Low Vision Awareness Month’.