One of the most practical and enduring ways of helping visually impaired individuals maintain their independence is through the use of specialised equipment designed specifically, adapted or modified.

Making a cup of tea is a much safer and potentially less messy business if a liquid level indicator is used. At the high end, specialised computer software enables totally blind people to use a computer or tablet for work or enjoyment. In between, there are talking clocks and watches, talking bathroom scales, magnifiers, anti-glare shields, large button phones (including mobile phones) – the list is almost endless.

Because residual sight varies so widely from one individual to another, it is crucially important to try before you buy as some items can be expensive. Even where price is not an issue, other factors have to be taken into account: hearing loss for instance. This means that talking watches and talking microwave ovens may not be a suitable option for some. In a small flat for example, there may not be enough space to accommodate a large CCTV reader and screen set up.

For members who cannot visit our centres in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, home visits are a real possibility. We maintain a comprehensive selection of equipment and most items are available for sale from stock or within a few days if ordered from our suppliers.