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What Low Vision Devices Can Help My Aging Parent?

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

The majority of elderly Americans struggle with poor vision, whether it’s simply from old age or some kind of eye disease. While many seniors live comfortably with standard vision corrective glasses, there are many elderly adults that need more of a boost to be able to do the daily tasks they are used to. Family caregivers and home care providers that look after aging adults with health and mobility problems can look into low vision devices that will make things much easier for seniors around the house.

As aging adults lose much of their ability to live independently, it’s important for family caregivers and home care providers to encourage them to be as self-sufficient as possible. It’s better for their self-esteem and their physical health if they don’t have to rely on home care providers for every little thing. Low vision devices allow seniors to read, craft, watch tv, work on the computer, cook, and clean to the best of their ability.

Devices designed to help those with low vision are usually grouped into two areas, close viewing and distance viewing. Different tasks may require a different device, so family caregivers and home care providers should help seniors find the right one and get used to using it. Here are several low vision devices that can aid elderly adults with sight issues in doing more things for themselves:

  • Stand Magnifiers: These can sit on the pages of a newspaper, book or magazine and enlarge print.
  • Hand-held Magnifier: Ideal for viewing things quickly and away from home, such as food labels at the grocery store or statements at the bank.
  • Magnifying Reading Glasses: Convenient and comfortable, these enlarge small words and objects while leaving the hands free.
  • Clip-on Loupes: Attaching to glasses, a clip-on loupe can provide more magnification than magnifying reading glasses.
  • Tele Microscopic Glasses: Designed to help seniors see things far away, such as a sporting event, stage production or scenery.
  • Hand-Held Telescopes: Small versions can fit in a purse or backpack and they help seniors with poor vision to see far away things up close
  • Clip-on Telescope: A single clip-on telescopic lens fits onto the glasses over one eye.
  • Bioptic Telescopes: These special glasses are fitted with a small telescope over each eye, providing depth and detail for seniors who want to look at things far away.

It can take some time to get used to using low vision devices at home, but with the help of family caregivers and home care providers, seniors usually manage to adapt quickly. It definitely takes practice and patience to get the hang of incorporating these low vision devices as tools to everyday use. However, once seniors see how effective these low vision devices are and that they can do the things they want to, they’ll be eager to continue.

Having poor vision is definitely going to change the way aging adults interact with their world, and it will certainly increase their dependence on family caregivers and home care providers. However, with low vision devices, elderly adults can still do many daily tasks completely on their own.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Snellville, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.