According to the RNIB "Every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK. As of 2015, more than two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives, such as not being able to drive".
Clearly, as we get older, one of the main conditions that can affect us is problems with eye health. Sight loss can be frightening and depressing, particularly if combined with other age-related health conditions. In addition, seniors can find their social circle shrinking, meaning loneliness can compound the physical problems and mental health issues.
When a person is initially diagnosed with a visual impairment, they might feel afraid about how this will affect their day-to-day life. If they still work, they might wonder how they will be able to continue doing their job. If they are retired, they may feel travelling will become an issue and that they might become trapped at home.
Obviously, technology can provide a wide range of solutions to help people with a visual impairment get online, connect to family and friends, and continue to live their everyday life as naturally as possible. But what if, in addition to their diminishing sight, they don’t feel confident with technology?
If you work with or support people recently diagnosed with sight loss, we can help you assess their needs and capabilities, and begin exploring their technology options. Download our simple Questionnaire with 10 questions to ask an individual recently diagnosed with a visual impairment.
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