Low Vision in the Workplace

Low vision shouldn’t hamper your professional life. There are tools available to help adjust workspaces to allow people with low vision maximum use of their eyesight.

Because low vision can range from moderate to severe among individuals and the different conditions can vary in how they impact vision—whether through a small central field or peripherally–each workspace should be tailored to the individual.

Below are a few resources and tips which can help people with low vision succeed in the workplace:

  • Computer technology: There are many technologies available to assist individuals with low vision on the job, including software, special keyboards, voice recognition programs, glare guards, and other technologies that can make for a more effective work environment.
  • Magnifiers: Electronic and traditional magnifiers are easily transportable from work to home. For reading assignments, these devices can come in handy when small text may be illegible without assistance.
  • Office layout: It’s important for coworkers to update individuals with low vision when there may be a change in the office layout or walkways, like when the location of furniture or offices has been shifted. Additionally, small adjustments can be made to make for a better working environment, including different lighting to help reduce glare.

Many of these tips and resources can enhance quality of life in and out of the office. To find out more about the tips, technology and tools for living with low vision, visit a local low vision specialist.

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