LOOKING GOOD: Kevin Maunder with his screen magnifier, the device he calls his magic lantern.
LOOKING GOOD: Kevin Maunder with his screen magnifier, the device he calls his magic lantern.

Kevin enjoys magnified view of life at home

By ADRIAN MILLER

PROFESSIONAL guidance has brought a bigger dimension in sight for Kevin Maunder.

Last week he read a bank statement for the first time in nine months.

Afflicted with the eye condition macular degeneration, Mr Maunder, of Yamba, only has peripheral, hazy vision. It restricts his ability to perform simple tasks.

Following help from the Royal Blind Society's Vision Assist program, Mr Maunder can now perform everyday tasks that were beyond him just months ago.

"I'm 80 and I live on my own and I'm just steering myself along, and the gear they gave me has made life a lot better," he said.

The gear he refers to includes a screen magnifier, a talking watch and a liquid level indicator for pouring drinks.

The society also taught him to place velcro on stove control knobs as a guide to temperature requirements.

Society community relations officer Victoria Maggs said the skills taught to Mr Maunder were designed to be useful for everyday living.

Mr Maunder said the advice was invaluable.

"It's a lot of little things that make life a lot more bearable and I can't speak well enough of the Royal Blind Society. They were fantastic and they made sense," he said.

The macula is the central part of the retina with the sharpest sight.



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