Losing Vision Does Not Mean Having to Give Up Working
Many older persons who have experienced vision loss may wish to continue working.
Some reasons you may want to work include:
- Additional income
- The chance to be around other people
- The opportunity to continue to learn new skills
- Health insurance and/or other benefits
- Feeling part of something again
- Wanting to be productive
What Do You Have to Offer an Employer?
- A proven work history and a strong work ethic
- Life-long work-related skills
- Job-related education and training
- The capacity to learn
- No earnings limitations after age 65
- Typically no dependent children at home who require care
- Interest and attention to safety issues (less likely to take chances which may result in injuries)
What Can You Do to Find Out About Employment?
Find out about low vision services and devices and vision rehabilitation services which can make it possible for you as the employee to learn adaptive techniques to carry out his/her job functions. By taking advantage of these services, you can avoid premature and unnecessary early retirement, and the employer can avoid losing a skilled, productive and reliable employee.
What Help Is Available to Make Work Possible?
Accommodations such as:
- Additional lighting and/or lighting positioned directly on work tasks
- Low vision optical devices such as hand-held or stand magnifiers
- Devices such as talking clocks and watches, writing guides, large-print rulers (View a list of specialty product sources)
- Adaptive equipment such as screen magnification systems which magnify the image for ease of reading, computers and other equipment with speech output
- Services such as:
- Eye medical care
- Vision rehabilitation services
- Low vision services
- Job site modification
- Individualized orientation to the job and to the work site
- Job training or retraining
So keep in mind that you may continue to be a productive employee and still receive satisfaction from your job. Read these testimonials from people who have gone back to work after vision loss:
For more information about vocational rehabilitation services in your state, contact AFB's information line at (800) AFB-LINE (800-232-5463) or e-mail email@example.com. Or check our online directory at www.afb.org/services.asp.
For More Infomation
- AFB CareerConnect®. AFB's online information resource about employment can provide you with lots of information about remaining at work or returning to work, and many success stories about people who are working.