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Ireallywantapizza Fri 31-Mar-17 09:00:08

My mother is now blind, she has a week immune system and an infection has destroyed her eye sight.
The Dr's did all they could with intensive treatment but it didn't work.
She's now completely blind and has photophobic. How can I help her adapt? She's in her fifties so shes not elderly and I don't want her to think her life is over. I want to help her adapt and become independent. Not sure how though.

Ireallywantapizza Fri 31-Mar-17 09:01:06

Photophobia* damn typo

MollyHuaCha Fri 31-Mar-17 14:34:50

Wow, that's so young. Your poor mum flowers. Wishing her well.

MumsBet Fri 31-Mar-17 14:45:48

I think you can help by contacting Action for Blind people, they are soon to merge with RNIB as well. They give all sorts of help to the partially sighted and blind. She may at the moment be feeling completely lost but there's charities are wonderful at putting people through available Resources, connecting with others, adapting to life etc. I think once she starts on this course it will help her to realise life is not over, just different.

MumsBet Fri 31-Mar-17 14:46:35

'These'.

RueDeWakening Fri 31-Mar-17 22:43:09

Contact adult social care at her local council. Mine had a specialist social worker who dealt with visual impairment, she came to visit me when I lost my sight (thankfully fairly temporarily and surgery restored it to a large extent).

I was provided with a few gadgets that helped with daily life - raised buttons on things like the microwave and washing machine so I could still use them, a talking clock, a little thing you hang over the side of your mug that vibrates when boiling water reaches it, and again in a different way when you add milk. She also offered to take me out to walk along local routes I needed to use, to teach me how to navigate them safely, and show me how the pelican crossings work (some have spinny things on that people with sight problems can use to tell if the green man is showing).

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