Three Ways to Support Someone Living With Vision Loss
Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day and we’d like to share some information on the impact of vision loss on mental health.
People living with vision loss have a higher risk of experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Near vision loss in particular can have a huge effect on a person’s wellbeing. They may have trouble following recipes, reading medication labels or replacing batteries. Someone with near vision loss may also have difficulty recognizing faces or trouble navigating stairwells and crowded streets.
Here are 3 simple ways to help your loved ones living with vision loss:
Reach out to them. Asking what you can do can really help them through their day.
Maybe they’re not eating well and you can pick up dinner. Maybe they could use some help booking their next eyecare appointment.
Don’t assume their interests have changed. Many people believe that those with vision loss can’t participate in sighted activities but that’s not true!
Accommodations like sighted guides or audio resources can help them enjoy their old hobbies.
Help them find support. The CNIB Foundation offers virtual programs on career support, tech training, youth groups, cooking classes, and book clubs.
Peer support groups are another good way to connect with other people dealing with vision loss.