Adapt Your Home for Low Vision

If you have a condition that affects your vision or are just experiencing the vision loss that often comes with age, it can make getting around harder and harder and can even increase your risk of falls. Luckily, there are many things you can do to adapt your home for low vision, making it easier to get around and do your daily activities and prevent falls and injuries. 

  • Add light. Low lighting can be an issue if you are struggling with vision loss. It can be hard to see where you’re going, what you’re doing, and is linked to a higher risk of falls. Add in night lights in the bathroom and hallway, motion sensor lights outside, and evaluate every area of your home and add in lamps or other lighting where necessary. While you’re at it, make sure your light switches are easily distinguishable from your walls, so they’re easy to locate. 
  • Eliminate tripping hazards. Remove scatter rugs, electrical cords, footstools, clutter, and anything else that might be a tripping hazard or make your home difficult to navigate. 
  • Reduce glare. Adjustable window coverings will allow you to control the amount of light coming into a room and make sure glare doesn’t interfere with any tasks. You can also position your TV strategically where glare won’t interfere with the image. 
  • Provide contrast. When you’re struggling from vision loss, it can often be hard to distinguish where the stairs end and the floor begins, even with just a couple of steps, or if a door is open or closed if it’s the same color as the walls. Add in contrast (bright tape, stair covering, and/or paint) in areas like these to help you distinguish what’s what. 
  • Label. Labeling medications, cleaning products, and food items with color coded labels in a large, simple font can be a big help. 
  • Modify your bathroom. Adding things like nonslip rugs and mats to your bathroom, adding grab bars, and even installing a walk-in shower can help you avoid injuries in the bathroom related to low vision. 
  • Use magnifying devices. A magnifying mirror in your bathroom or bedroom can make getting ready a little easier. Keeping magnifying glasses in areas where you may be reading, sewing, or another intricate task can help you reduce eye strain and allow you to see what you need to.