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Family Guide to Visual Impairment

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Family Guide to Visual Impairment
Visual impairment is the decreased ability to see. This sight loss cannot be reversed or completely corrected using usual means, such as glasses or contact lenses. Within the UK it is thought that around 2 million people could be living with eye sight complications including some sight problems such as cataracts, glaucoma or stroke related eye conditions. There are 365,000 registered as blind or partially sighted individuals in the UK.

Most causes of sight loss develop as we age however it is not always an inevitable part of growing old. It is more frequently the result of a problem or condition. There are more than several eye conditions which can lead to sight impairment or severe sight impairment. From age-related macular degeneration to diabetic retinopathy, as these common conditions progress they can cause loss of vision. It is extremely important that an optician appointment are made every two year so any signs of vision loss are found or for people suffering from a visual impairment already should be aware that they need to have regular checks to make sure all changes are monitored and information can be giving if needed.

Living with Visual Impairment

Losing your sight or living with an eye condition may be an awfully scary and stressful time either for an individual or for someone living with a person that's been diagnosed. It has been proven that by a person staying mentally fit can help to reduce the amount of stress and lift somebody's mood. However help, support and information is always available from a wide range of sources including consultants, GPs, healthcare teams, friends and family or big organisations such as the Royal National Institute for the Blind people or Action for Blind People. Just how much help or support a person needs will depend on how their vision or mentality has been affected. But all support is exceptionally useful as it helps with anxiety, depression and frustration.

There can be many reasons why people lose their some or all of their eye sight. This may be down to being born with a visual impairment, an eye condition, old age or an accident. It is important to know your benefits after being diagnosed by either a consultant or specialist. People with a visual impairment can be entitled to lots of different things such as welfare benefits, free optician eye test and travel costs. It is necessary for someone with poor eyesight to keep up to date with appointments to monitor all changes, even the very minimal changes.

People with visual impairments face very difficult and demanding challenges or tasks each day. Sight loss can affect all aspects of life, reading, mobility, work and driving all of which can have a dramatic impact on how someone's life changes. Tasks and challenges that are faced may seem very simple and easy to a person with good or normal eye sight but in fact are tremendously tough. Thankfully, as the next section displays people with eye sight problems can choose from a great variety of items from our shop area that can help with day to day life and other issues that may arise from the visual impairments.

Practical Aids

Some activities or daily chores may seem impossible to an individual living with a visual impairment, it's extremely hard to specify all the ways in which someone's life might be affected. Below are some valuable aids the visual impaired could potentially benefit from, these have been specifically designed to help and make life a lot easier whilst still allowing individuals their independence.

Sensory Aid

In many cases people with sight loss are looking for various sensory aid devices that can help to maintain their independence. For those with impaired vision, there are audio labelling systems, to help identify specific product around the house. For medication users we have two Braille pill organising boxes and a number of large format devices such as big button telephones, jumbo TV remotes that are easy to see and use and great useful aid such as standing page magnifier. Talking clocks and watches are also among the products that have been manufactured to be a beneficial as possible.

Mobility aids

We have a wide range of great white walking sticks that are very useful and can play a part in aiding independence and make others aware of the person's loss of sight. Guide sticks are perfect for awareness but also for the individual's confidence.

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