Preparing food can be complicated for people who suffer from low vision. Cooking is just one of the many low vision challenges encountered in everyday life, but there are tricks and tools to make life easier with low vision.
How can you Cook with Low Vision?
There are cookbooks with enlarged print or audio versions of recipes so you can follow along as you cook. If you use braille, translate recipes to braille using a braille embosser. Ask your eye doctor at a Reno low vision clinic about where you can find low vision tools like braille embossers.
Only turn on a burner on your stove top after you have placed a pot or pan over the burner. If you have the option of a gas stove or an electric stove, you may want to opt for the gas stove option. It is easier to feel the heat and tell that the stove is on when using a gas stove.
If you are cutting fruits or vegetables, opt for a cutting board of a contrasting color to the food you are preparing. If you are cutting an onion or chopping garlic, use a darker colored cutting board. Instead of using a basic knife for cutting, use a pizza slicer or a knife that is connected to the cutting board.
Gadgets for Cooking with Low Vision
There are plenty of tools available to help people with low vision prepare a meal. There are braille microwaves and talking microwaves on the market. You can also purchase plastic freezer labels that use braille to identify different items in your freezer.
One especially challenging task with low vision can be knowing when to stop pouring a liquid. If you are pouring hot coffee or tea, spilling could lead to burns or stains. There is a great gadget that helps with this called a Say When Liquid Level Indicator.
Many patients ask if there are low vision glasses available. Low vision cannot be “fixed” with conventional eyeglasses, but bioptic telescopes and microscopes can be added to a pair of lenses to make low vision glasses. Ask your eye doctor about low vision glasses and if they may be right for you.
Low Vision Help at Black Rock Vision Center
At Black Rock Vision Center, our optometrists can empower patients with low vision through low vision rehabilitation as well as systems and living aids. We specialize in low vision, also known as partial sight, in addition to primary care optometry. If you come in for a low vision assessment, we can discuss what prescription low vision systems can help you!
We can also help you prevent loss of sight due to age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and glaucoma. With these eye problems, you cannot regain any sight you have lost. Have you talked to your eye doctor about your risk factors for glaucoma and macular degeneration? Don’t wait another day!
Contact us at our optometrist office at (775) 825-0559 in Reno for a low vision exam and low vision assessment.