Adjusting to vision loss always means accepting that some things will be different, and that very likely includes the speed at which you get things done. It doesn’t mean you can’t, it just means you need to allow more time.
Giving up is never the best option. Learning a new way to do something on your own, is always better than depending on others to do it.
Personal and professional skills and abilities are not less valuable at a slightly slower speed. If you make an amazing omelet, or write beautiful poetry, or negotiate incredible contracts…keep doing it.
Here are 7 things you can do to keep it moving.
- Get Organized
Whether it’s your office, kitchen, or bathroom — everything has its place. Being able to reach into a utensil drawer or a medicine cabinet and find what you’re looking for, because it’s exactly where it belongs, is priceless.
- Leave Extra Time
It is no longer feasible to operate by the seat of your pants. Giving yourself a cushion in terms of time is the smart way to proceed.
- Manage Expectations
Don’t overestimate how much you can realistically get don in any given time period. Re-evaluate, prioritize, and acknowledge accomplishments.
- Use Magnification
Make sure you have the right tools to magnify the text you encounter each day.
Consider transitioning some of your daily reading to listening. There are numerous ways to utilize audio for books, newspapers, and computers.
Listen to this article with the ReadSpeaker button on the top right side of this page.
Set up online banking and eliminate the arduous monthly hell of writing check and balancing accounts on paper. Your balance updates automatically online and your bills are paid with the press of a button. No envelopes, no stamps, no mailbox.
Learning something new requires practice. Don’t give up on anything until you’ve repeated it 25 times. By then you will have totally adjusted over to it. And, once you know it, you know it.
Article first published on November 21, 2017.
About the Author
Dorrie Rush is a Visual Accessibility Expert and progressive proponent for Universal Access and Inclusive Design. She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.