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Impaired vision can be caused by diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration or near-sightedness.

Poor vision can come with many challenges, such as needing glasses to read or not seeing faces. Vision impairment has also been linked with depression.

Using technology to cope with impaired vision

Learning to used accessibility features can be helpful when you have impaired vision. A lot of smart devices and computers come with features that help you read. For example, you could enlarge the font, zoom in or have your device read aloud a portion of writing.

There are gadgets available to help you with your vision impairment. Try the Orcam, which reads any text that you point it toward. There are smart speakers which carry out voice commands. It does tasks such as dialling a phone number and controlling lights, your security system and your thermostat.

Many apps can help you overcome problems with your vision. Apps such as Lookout, which Google developed, can describe objects and read texts you place in front of it. Others such as BARD Mobile, read aloud any recorded books you have. Mass Eye is another helpful app for the visually impaired. It works by magnifying objects when you place your phone over them, helping you see better. Google Assistant works the same way as a smart speaker and allows you to give voice commands for tasks you need to be done.

Lifestyle changes that help you cope with impaired vision

You can also make changes around your home to make seeing easier. You could label objects with a large font or add lights to help you see better.

Driving is difficult for people with poor vision. Night driving can be even more challenging for some people. In this case, you could try and make plans, so you don’t have to drive at night. Ask a friend or family member to drive you in advance. You could also try avoiding the highway and traffic. If you decide not to drive at all, public transport is still an option. You could also use community ride services. These services usually offer free rides for people with vision impairment. Non-profit groups in a community and religious institutions fund them.