After completing your eye exam, your optometrist will use the results to select the correct aids to optimise your vision.
Options that may be recommended include special lens tints to enhance contrast and reduce glare, or special glasses coatings. They may recommend quality magnifiers, full spectrum lighting, or magnifiers with an attached light source as an aid for your low vision.
There are other things you can do to make life with low vision easier:
Adjust Lighting. Ensure that your home is well lit. This may require some trial and error with different lights to determine what works best for you.
Use a magnifier. There is a vast selection of magnifiers available, ranging from hand-held to stand magnifiers. Binoculars and spectacle mounted magnifiers are also an option.
Use large print books for reading. Alternatively, try digital recordings or audio books.
Make use of high contrast for writing. Try writing in large letters with a broad black pen on a white piece of paper or board.
Add a high-contrast stripe on steps (bright colour on dark staircase, or black stripe on light stairs) to prevent falls in people with low vision.
If you or a loved one has low vision, consult your optometrist about the best course of action to make your life easier with low vision.