So you've just been diagnosed with some form of low vision (macular degeneration, glaucoma, or a myriad of other diagnoses) and you're not sure how you're going to do things around the house anymore. Or maybe you've heard of a new adaptive device and you don't know if it is right for you.
There are many ways that you can go about researching what to ask your doctor, how to do your laundry or cook with low vision, what device is best for your particular needs and uses. But one research tool that can give you a broad spectrum of results is YouTube!
YouTube isn't just for music videos or yet another cat walking across a keyboard anymore. You will find:
- lots of people with vision loss demonstrating how they do things;
- doctors talking about how they prescribe various adaptive devices for people;
- official demonstrations of many adaptive devices by the manufacturer or by organizations of/for the blind;
- series of training videos on how to use your BookPort Plus, eSight glasses, smart speakers;
- reviews of products done by individuals and/or user groups etc.;
- general information on lots of eye conditions
Think of any question you have, any condition, any product and just type it into the YouTube search bar. You'll get more videos and information than you could have ever expected.
Now to be perfectly clear and honest: you do have to be careful. Not every video is credible. Many videos are outdated. Some have agendas and biases. But all of these things are true wherever you explore on the web.
So go about advocating for yourself, researching and evaluating the products and services you need to live independently. Use all the tools at your disposal, including YouTube. Just do so with understanding.
NOTE: This posting does not mean that WXXI Reachout Radio endorses any particular YouTube video content.