Cooking with Low Vision: Tips and Tricks  

Low vision can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. It can affect your ability to drive, read and even your ability to cook safely. Working with your eye doctor in Wilmington, Charlotte and Asheville NC, you can recapture some independence and ability to do the tasks you love, even with low vision. Here’s what you need to know about cooking with low vision.

Seek Adaptive Kitchen Tools

There are many kitchen tools that people with low vision can use to make cooking easier. Some examples of the type of kitchen tools that someone with low vision can benefit from include:

  • Measuring cups that have bold, dark text that’s easy to read
  • Electronic devices that “talk” (talking microwave, talking kitchen scale)
  • Cutting boards that are brightly colored, that will stand in contrast to dark-colored foods
  • Food choppers (quickly cut up foods without posing a danger to the user)
  • Cooking utensils and knives with brightly colored handles

Using tools like these in the kitchen can make it easier to see what’s happening in the kitchen while cooking. These tools can also prevent accidents and can make cooking more efficient.

Enhance Visibility In the Kitchen

The following tips help make maneuvering around the kitchen safer and easier:

  • Lighten work areas in the kitchen with gooseneck lights
  • Use measuring cups that contrast sharply with the food being measured
  • Use paint or stickers to indicate frequently used settings or buttons on the oven, microwave, blender and more

Maneuvering around the kitchen with low vision can be a challenge, but it helps to see an eye doctor that can give you suggestions for making the kitchen safe.

Want to know more about living with low vision? Contact Dr. Edward Paul, OD, PhD to get help with low vision care in Wilmington, Charlotte and Asheville NC.