October Newsletter 295
Laundry item from RNIB: Introducing the Miele Guideline
The Miele GuideLine is a washing machine specifically designed for blind and partially sighted people. With a rotary control and touch panel, it’s easy and intuitive to operate. And with sounds at different pitches, you can easily select the settings that you want.
Intuitive tactile controls
Audio operating instructions
A+++ energy rating
Add load function
Miele’s patented honeycomb drum
The GuideLine’s large 8kg capacity drum is big enough for family use and its honeycomb design protects even delicate fabrics when used with the hand wash programme. And for total peace of mind, a five-year parts and labour warranty is included as standard.
The GuideLine washing machine is mess-free, thanks to its built-in CapDosing system that uses detergent tablets to precisely dose the correct amount for each load of laundry. The Add Load function enables you to add any forgotten items to the load at any stage of the cycle.
Miele tests for 20 years’ use so you’ll be getting the most out of your machine for a long time to come.
Buy from £749.17.
Other Laundry products
Circular rubber discs will keep your socks paired together in the washing machine, tumble dryer and your sock drawer. No more missing sock mysteries.
Audio labels for clothes
Use these washable, self-adhesive labels with an RNIB Penfriend to create personalised audio labels for your clothes. You can record colour, pattern and care instructions for every item in your wardrobe. Washing machine and tumble dryer safe.
A talking colour detector can help you put together the perfect outfit or match up pairs of socks. This one detects up to 150 shades of colour and has a built-in light probe too. So, you don’t have to worry about your outfit clashing, unless you want it to.
Never mix up your washing detergent with your fabric conditioner again. Slide a different Band-It tactile band on to each bottle to make them easy to identify quickly. Each pack of 10 bands contains five distinct colourful designs.
(From Eye2Eye 66)
Coronavirus: advice on wearing face coverings when you have sight loss:
Many blind and partially sighted people have been concerned about wearing face coverings; they report that masks steam up their glasses or further reduce their vision. In order to help keep everyone safe and comfortable, we asked our community for their top tips and recommendations for wearing face coverings when you have sight loss. This includes:
Advice for glasses wearers
One of the most common issues we’ve been hearing about is how face coverings have been causing people’s glasses to steam up, further impairing their vision. So here are a few tips from our community to help overcome this issue:
Many have said that by simply putting their face covering on before their glasses, they’ve found that they’ve avoided their glasses steaming up. So, it can just be a case of putting your mask and glasses on in the right order.
Nothing a bit of soap won’t fix
Another popular hack has been to wash your glasses with soapy water and allow them to dry naturally. People have found this creates a “de-fogging effect”.
Alternatively, some have chosen to purchase “anti-fog spray”, which is often designed for motorcycle visors. You simply spray the product onto the inside of your glasses and you’re good to go. You can find various products by putting the term “anti-fog spray motorbike visors” into a search engine.
Seal it to deal with it
Finally, a few people have even recommended using surgical tape to stick down the top of the mask to their face to ensure no moisture comes through the top. They’ve also experimented with taping rolled-up strips of tissue paper to the top of the covering, to absorb moisture. Both options may seem a little extreme, but there are those from the RNIB community who would swear by it!
Advice for people who rely on peripheral vision
We’ve heard from people who rely on their peripheral vision that some coverings interfere with what they can see, so here are some recommendations from people who have experienced the same problem:
Keeping it close to the wire
One of the most popular suggestions is to purchase masks which have a wire across the bridge of the nose. People have reported that it interferes less with their vision as they can bend and shape the wire to their face, meaning the mask doesn’t stick out as much.
A tip that has been repeated many times has been to shop around for a covering that works for your visual field. Many have said to avoid bulky surgical masks and respirators as they’re more likely to intrude into your peripheral vision. But there are many different coverings out there in many different shapes and sizes, so try a few out in the safety of your home to see what works for you.
(From Eye2Eye 66)
Pandemic Stress Can Change Eyesight and Impact Eye Health
The long-term stress individuals and families are experiencing this year has the potential to impact eye health in a range of ways from mild eye discomfort to vision loss. This is a health issue that is preventable and most related symptoms can be managed at home.