Losing one’s vision is certainly not something with which any of us want to contend. As we age, however, this sometimes becomes a harsh and often limiting reality.
Basic tasks can become much more challenging when visually impaired. And travel? Many of those with visual impairments outright dread the idea.
It doesn’t have to be overwhelming though. With careful planning, travel is not out of the question, even for those who are fully blind.
Here are some key tips for traveling when your eyesight just isn’t what it used to be.
1. Plan Ahead
As we mentioned, it does require some careful planning. Before leaving home, you’ll want to compile as much information as you can about your travel route. You should also allow for more time than the trip is estimated to take.
2. Let Others Know
Make certain that someone, like a family member, knows where and when you’re traveling and the route you’re taking. This way someone will know where you are in the event of an emergency.
3. Be Adaptable
Even unimpaired people can benefit from flexibility. The capacity to accept that things won’t always go as planned is truly a blessing – especially when traveling. It’s simply the nature of things, regardless of who you are or what your situation may be.
4. Have Documentation
To some folks, it may not be readily apparent that you have low vision. In case it isn’t obvious that you have a visual impairment, you should have a letter from your doctor available. This will make it clearer that you may require assistance to which you’re entitled.
5. Meet with a Specialist
If you’ve never traveled with a visual impairment before, you may want to consult with an orientation mobility specialist. These are professionals in their field that can help teach you to travel safely despite having poor or no vision.
Check with your state’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation or State Commission to find an expert near you.
6. Ask for Assistance
When in doubt, it’s always okay to ask for help. Regardless of your method of transport, there should always be someone available to assist you.
Don’t try to rely on chaotic announcements, instead, speak to a representative, driver, or attendant. Many people are more than happy to provide help.
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