The importance of sight has been a topic of discussion for centuries. Every day, our eyes take in around 10 million different impressions and process them into images. We use this information to create the world we see every moment of everyday. Vision impairment is a condition that may affect a person’s ability to see – caused by trauma, disease or age-related changes. There are many different types of impairments and treatments available to help people with these conditions to get the most out of life.
Here are some tips for working with someone who has impaired vision
1) Be aware of the environment
Consider your surroundings and ask for input from others such as lighting, objects in the room, or hazards like stairs.
2) Stick to basics
Try not to overwhelm them with too much visual information at once. It’s important to focus on utilizing basic colors and patterns to be aware of what is going on around them.
3) Use gestures when talking without words (finger movements)
Gestures show your emotions more than just the tone of your voice can do and they also let you communicate when there are no other means available. This makes up for the lack of verbal communication and fills in any gaps that might have otherwise been left out.
4) Offer clear verbal instructions when communicating something new
Verbal instructions are an easy way to ensure that people understand what you are trying to say. Be prepared to repeat, and be patient as something might not make sense the first time around.
Vision impairment and work
While many people are born blind, some become legally or accidentally blinded. Fortunately, many practices have been found over time by those in similar circumstances who were able to find ways around blindness so they could continue living an active lifestyle despite being unable to see anything at all.
These strategies range from developing other senses like hearing and touch; using devices such as the cane which helps guide one’s way through unfamiliar territory. And also wearing contact lenses capable of enlarging print on paper pages visually.
If you do work from home due to sight impairment or blindness, here are some tips to increase productivity
- Customize a workspace that is comfortable and accessible for the individual with vision impairment to use (e.g., by including lighting, adequate space).
- Design or purchase adaptive equipment that can be used in place of items such as a computer keyboard. Laptops can be an excellent option!
- The same goes for other office tools like scissors or staplers; pick up some adapted versions so they are usable at home too! Now you have got more time to be creative than ever before!