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Vision Loss Affects Our Ability to Communicate

By Danielle Myers-Rickard

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  1. Eliminate distracting background noise. When someone has poor vision, he may rely more on his sense of hearing to make up for the loss.
  2. Use bright table or floor lamps whenever possible and ensure cords are out of the way to avoid falls. Overhead fluorescent lighting causes glare on linoleum and hardwood floors.  
  3. Install nightlights in hallways, the bedroom and bathrooms.
  4. Offer your arm for support when you are out together and tell him or her about upcoming curbs or stairs.

These tips can help keep your loved ones involved in meaningful conversations and ensure their safety at home.


Danielle Myers-Rickard is the Program Coordinator for the Council on Aging Silicon Valley.


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