Tips and Techniques for Those Who Have Low Vision

Low vision is a handicap, but don’t let that frustrate you. A lot of people with low vision are able to live normal lives and performing daily routines by taking the right approach. If you’re one of those, here are some suggestions that can help.



Tips for Those Having Low Vision

  • Wear Glasses: This is the primary and most practical solution. For reading, writing, driving etc. you should wear the eyeglasses prescribed by your doctor. However you can’t wear glasses if you’re working with tools because you’ll be wearing safety goggles. In that case you can do the following.
  • Adequate Lighting: make sure your workspace has adequate lighting. Aside from overhead fixtures, install a task light near your work table. The room and the entire work area should be bright with little to no shadows. You don’t want the light so bright it hurts your eyes, but never do tool work in poorly lit environments.
  • Position lamps and work lights near your workplace. Adjust your lamp’s brightness to prevent glare. Set the lamp by your side rather than in front so the light illuminates without causing glare. Consider putting two lamps on each side so they’re evenly lit.
  • If you’re taking notes or making technical drawings, set the light on the side opposite of the hand you’re using to write. You’ll need to make some adjustments until you find the right angle that illuminates what you’re doing.
  • Prevent Glare: the best way to prevent glare is to cover the bulb with some kind of shade like sheer curtains or blinds. There are also specially designed lamps with anti-glare properties, so consider those. Another method is to arrange your table and chair so you don’t have to stare into the light directly.
  • Work with matte and non-reflective surfaces. Glossy and shiny surfaces reflect light and increase glare.
  • Don’t use colored lights. Go with white as they’re the easiest on your eyes. Make sure the lighting is LED as they last longer than other types of lights. They’re just as bright but don’t emit heat.
  • Protect yourself at all times. Even with adequate lighting you should always be careful when hammering nails or cutting objects.
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If you have to work in tight locations, bring along plenty of lights to illuminate the place. Arrange the light fixtures so the walls, floors, railings and steps are lit up.

No matter where you work, the lighting has to be bright and even. You should also give your eyes time to adjust to the lights before starting any work.

Other Ways to Work with Tools If You Have Poor Vision

  • Use a digital measure tool. They’re a bit more expensive than manual measuring tools, but they’re automatic and accurate. A laser measure for instance, just requires you to press a button and the measurement is displayed in an easy to read screen.
  • Use contrasting colors in your workplace. This is going to make it easier to identify objects and items around you.
  • Add labels to everything. Write large bold letters for containers, packages and other items you use for storage. Keep nuts, bolts, screws and other items in separate containers so they’re easy to find.
  • Keep a clean workspace. Return the tools you use back to where you took them. A clean workspace means you don’t have to pull your hair – and strain your eyes – trying to remember where you put those nails.
  • Increase the Font Size: if you’re working with CAD design or using a CNC machine, increase the font size so it’s easy to read. The standard size for large fonts is 18 points. You may need a larger or smaller font depending on your eyesight.
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No matter what you need, you can adjust the font size on your computer so you don’t have to squint while reading. Avoid highlighting words with vivid colors and markers because they make the text harder to read.

As we have pointed out, you should increase the contrast between the font and background for easier reading.


You can buy a magnifier in a drugstore or stationary shop, and you can also have one prescribed by your eye doctor. You can buy a magnifier in a drugstore or stationary shop, and you can also have one prescribed by your eye doctor.

You may also use a stand magnifier to read manual instructions and view technical data. Make sure the stand is adjustable to you don’t get sore bending over. Some people prefer stand magnifiers over handheld ones while others opt for handhelds, it’s up to you.

  • The more powerful the magnification, the fewer letters you’ll be able to read as the letters are enlarged. If your work requires you to be always on the go, get a portable magnifier that increases your field of view.
  • There are some magnifiers with built-in LED light. A stand magnifier with illumination and a flexible arm provides you with a great deal of flexibility for reading. What’s important is you practice as it will take some getting used if you’ve never used these before.
  • There are many types of electronic magnifying systems as well as CCTVs and reading filters. Filters are especially effective for cutting down glare. Reading filters come in all forms and sizes, and most of them can be worn over your glasses.

Final Words

Just because you have poor eyesight doesn’t mean you can’t do construction or DIY work. It might be difficult at first, but using the right techniques you’ll be able to work efficiently. All it takes is some discipline and you can be as productive as those with normal vision.

We hope the information here will help you deal with this condition. No matter what kind of work you do, there’s no reason why having poor eyesight should be a hindrance to your daily living.

Trevor Barton

Trevor Barton is the Editor of In personal life he is a father of two cute kids and loving husband of a beautiful wife. He love foods and nothing is more important than reading book in his spare time.

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