Helping Blind People, Assisting Those In Need
Helping blind people see is not about fixing their vision but rather being supportive and helping your loved one gain independence.
If you have a loved one with vision loss, there are many ways you can help them maintain their independence. Helping blind people is not about correcting their vision but rather being supportive and helping your friend or family member get the most of their remaining eyesight. One thing you can do is learn about assistive technology devices like the OrCam MyEye that have features such as text and facial recognition that can help people with vision loss regain their independence by not having to rely on others to read to them. According to the Low vision rehabilitation outcomes study, difficulties reading was the most common complaint from low vision patients. Other difficulties included driving, mobility, and recognizing faces. The study authors concluded that since difficult reading was one of the most common complaints of the low vision patients, it should be one of the most important aspects of low vision care. The OrCam MyEye is one assistive technology product that is focused on helping people with vision loss read. The device recognizes texts, snaps a picture, and relays the message to the user via a mini earpiece. The device is small, portable, and discreet allowing users to blend in with the crowd. The OrCam MyEye also has a facial recognition feature which allows users to store faces into the device’s memory and the OrCam will tell the user who the person is when they come into view. Other things you can do to help people with vision loss is improve visibility and reduce the risk of a fall by making sure their house is well lit, clean up clutter or obstacles from the floor and create a list of important phone numbers in large print in case of an emergency. More important than helping blind people “see” by improving visibility is making sure to treat them as individuals by asking them what they need or want directly, not through their companion. These tips can help you assist people who are blind or visually impaired maintain their independence.