There are a number of senior citizens in the U.S. that suffer from low vision or blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy due to uncontrolled diabetes. Normal visioned seniors can be a wealth of information in aiding a visually-challenged senior, in making the day-to-day adjustments.
Some diabetic retinopathy cases can be restored or maintained medically, and there are also those case which cannot be treated resulting in low vision or blindness.
Vision loss not only affects mobility and function, in most cases it takes a huge emotional toll as well. Fortunately, there are resources available to aid in coping with the problem.
#1 – THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING
Doctors, state agencies and non-profits offer these services, also they can provide referrals to other specislists, if needed.
#2 – LOW VISION AIDS
These are tools that are stronger than the normal prescription glasses.
- Telescopic lenses
- Light filtering lenses
- Closed-circuit television
- Reading Prisms
- Eyeglasses with special lenses
- Electronic Lenses
#3 – NON-OPTICAL AIDS
Devices that “talk to you”, offer large print or Braille
- Text reading software
- Check guides
- High contrast clocks and watches
- Talking clocks and watches
- Large print publications
- Clocks, phones and watches with enlarged print
- Smart phone apps
- Computer s that can print in Braille
In many locations across America there are clinics available to assist people with counselling and/or visual aids.