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Helpful Tips for the Vision Impaired /
By Deborah Kogler
6. Marking the dials on the stove
Use puff paint or tactile paint, available at
fabric stores, to mark key points on the dial. Or,
liquid Wite-Out can be used to mark black or dark
colored stove dials.
7. Marking items in the cupboard/pantry
When unpacking groceries, label them with extra
wide masking tape and black marking pen before
putting the items in the cupboards.
8. Matching socks
Pin socks together before placing in the laundry.
Use brass or stainless steel safety pins as they
will not rust.
9. Pouring liquids into a cup
Pour coffee into a white mug; the contrasting
color of the coffee and the mug will make it easier
to see how filled the cup is. Or place index finger
into the cup; you will feel when the liquid touches
10. Writing made easier
Use a dark, bold point marker such as a 20/20
pen, or a bold tip gel pen (1.0 mm tip) and print.
Do not write in cursive as it is harder to see and
maintain a straight line.
Deborah Kogler is a dual
licensed optician and owner of Magnifiers & More in
Mentor, OH. She knew she wanted to make a difference
in the lives of those who were afflicted with vision
impairments. Several years ago, her grandmother lost
her sight due to a retinal detachment and macular
degeneration. The devastation and frustration of the
disease gave Deborah the desire and inspiration to
find out what could be done to help her grandmother
and those who also were afflicted with vision