We are delighted to welcome another guest blogger Roger Wilson-Hinds, founder of the Georgiephone app. Roger - who has been blind since birth - describes what he sees and suggests simple ways to maximise minimal vision.
Roger says “what I see depends as much on my brain as my eye defect. My brain constantly makes the best guess about what I see. The smallest visual clue can be enough for me to guess or know what I am looking at. I get tired looking – it’s hard work with so few clues and so much effort. And I get tired quickly when trying to sort the detail, especially with reading print and close work”.
As part of our blog “10 Questions to Help Advise a Senior New to Sight Loss” we provided a simple questionnaire to help assess the needs and capabilities of a person recently diagnosed with a visual impairment. This sparked a series of discussions in the Dolphin community and as a part of this, Roger has suggested a series of further questions people might ask a senior person with sight loss, to help lead to a more in-depth understanding of their requirements.
We are interested to hear from others about their personal experiences of sight loss. If you have any questions you think we should be asking in order to identify the type of assistive technology that might benefit someone experiencing sight loss, please feel free to post your ideas and any things to consider on the Dolphin Facebook Page.
You may also be interested in An Essential Guide to Assistive Technology for the Home which helps break down different types of assistive technology available for people with sight loss, and can help identify what might be best for your needs.