Helpful Hints

  
Creating personal phone books

Patients try to use their old personal phone books.  The only problem is that their old phone books were written when they had good vision.  Typically the writing is cursive, small and in ball point ink.  This combination makes reading the numbers very difficult for low vision patients. We help patients develop specially designed personal phone books.  Our phone books are printed on yellow paper in eighteen point, bold type if the patient has access to a computer.  If they don't, we recommend that they use a medium point, felt tip pen to print out their numbers.  We urge them to write large and use whole, 8.5x11 in. paper and put the completed form into loose leaf binders.

Can you imagine having to wait for your friends to call? With just these simple steps, low vision patients break through their isolation and can stay in touch with friends and family.