Occasionally I’m invited to share lessons I’ve learned as I deal with vision loss and show some of the devices I find helpful. At more than one, I’m encouraged to put this information on to the internet. So here goes.
The first thing you need to know is that every state has a program specifically devoted to assisting people of all ages who are dealing with vision loss and blindness. They are a tremendous resource, so seek out your state’s program. Look for State Services for the Blind or something like it. They have professionals who can come out to you and they may also be able to provide useful training, products and/or devices at no charge.
Over my 60+ years, I slowly at first and later more rapidly, lost eyesight. In a way, I’m lucky. I’ve had the time to learn a lot of coping skills. I’m convinced that a big part of dealing with vision loss is mental. By mental, I mean the many unconscious habits we have. Perhaps these actions were positive and helpful in the past. But it’s likely that some of them are not anymore. Some may now even be harmful or dangerous.
Your challenge is to recognize those habits that are no longer helpful. Let’s call them, “Habits to Stop” or H2S. One clue that you’ve found an H2S is when you find yourself frustrated over something you just did such as walking in, setting your keys down and later can’t find them. When you notice an H2S, you might even want to stop and say out loud, “Oh, an H2S”. Finding and replacing it is the solution and your mission.
Once you’ve spotted an H2S, you’re on the path to success. The next step is to find a replacement habit. Lastly repeat it until it becomes subconscious and automatic.
In my next several blog posts, I will get very specific on the helpful habits I’m using. I hope you’ll let me know if you find any of them helpful. Perhaps you’ll share some of your own.