Some of the most common suggestions for coping with low vision include the following:
Use contrasting colors. For instance, use a dark tablecloth with white plates so you can see table edges and food more prominently. Use dark plates for light-colored food, and white plates for dark-colored food.
Label everything. Bold labels or stickers of varying shapes will be easy to identify with some practice.
Make it bigger. Many companies offer devices with large display screens, watches with enlarged faces, and buttons that are bigger and easier to differentiate from one another. This can make telling time, changing television channels, and even weighing yourself easier.
Keep it organized. Placing items in their proper places will make it easier to find them next time! Establishing organization and discipline will take some time, but once it becomes a habit, daily activities will become easier.
Seek help. Possibly the hardest step to take is asking for assistance. There are people in many shops willing and able to assist people with low vision. Even passersby are often happy to help if the request is made. There are also numerous low vision support groups operated from senior centers, libraries, and hospitals that will welcome you.
Use the buddy system. Low vision is common among aging adults. As one of the side effects of low vision is a feeling of loneliness, finding a friend or support system in your community can be very helpful. You will be able to learn tips and tricks that have worked for other people in your same situation.
Be kind to yourself. Coping with low vision is not simple. Developing your own tricks and methods takes time and effort. Go easy on yourself and keep trying. Eventually, with time and patience, you will find the best solutions for your specific visual impairment.
Practice. Once you have your methods in place, practice them. Just as learning to ride a bike, the more you practice the easier it will become.