When you first hear about your vision loss, there can be a lot of questions about what your next steps are. “Can I still work?” “Can I still enjoy my favorite hobbies?” “Can I still live an independent life?” These are all questions that are sure to come up after learning about your diagnosis. However, working with a vision rehab provider and your support network can help you continue to live a full, independent life.
You are Not Alone:
When first dealing with vision loss, it is common to go through stages of grief. However, the first thing to know is that you are not alone. According to the World Health Organization, more than 2.2 billion people globally have either a visual impairment or blindness. Vision rehab specialists can help with skills training. It is also important to have a strong network of family, friends, and coworkers for emotional support and general assistance.
It is still possible for living a full and rewarding life. With adaptive technology, it is easy to enjoy your favorite hobbies. Screen readers allow you to still use your phone and computer. Movie theaters and streaming services offer audio descriptions for films. More and more companies are offering adapted versions of their games and toys, including Lego and Uno that allow you to continue to play with your sighted and visually impaired friends and family.
You can Still Work:
Your job responsibilities will help decide what adjustments are needed. Most jobs, with few exceptions, will still allow you to resume your job with proper adjustments. You are still able to be a productive employee after losing your vision, but be sure to talk to your employer early on to discuss the next steps and which adaptive technologies you need to continue to work.
Independence is Still Possible:
The final thing is that you can still maintain an independent lifestyle. Orientation and mobility training helps you navigate your home and workplace. Guide dogs can also help you avoid any obstacles such as bikes or fast moving cars. Advancement and tips can help you complete tasks including cooking, using the phone, organizing, and more! New tools are being developed every day to help those who are visually impaired better navigate the world around them, without compromising their independence.
With time, help, and patience, continuing to live a full, rewarding life will not seem too far off. To learn more about the best methods to adapt to vision loss, check out our blog for more tips. Be sure to reach out to your local rehab specialist for more specialized help.