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How I shop with Sight Loss

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Ok, so! To get right to the point, I'm Emilee. I am visually impaired as well as colour blind and have light sensitivity. I use a cane outside and when I travel independently. I am a very physically active person and I encourage you to check out more of my stories on this platform, but one of my other favorite things to do is shop and here's how!

How I Shop with Someone Else

First off, most of this time I will bring a family member or friend with me when I go clothes shopping so that they can describe it to me as far as the colour and style when I can't see it. This is also super helpful because most often I'm with someone who knows what I like so it can narrow down the search, especially because it can be very overwhelming when you first walk into a store.

How I Shop by Myself

Now, what if I don't have someone with me? Well, let me tell you that the staff are not just there to look good, they are there to help you! I think the best way to go about it is to ask them to help you. Tell them what you are looking for and ask them to describe clothes or products. I relate to you all that it can be hard to ask for help but trust me when I say that it is the best option.

How to Identify Products on Your Own

If I really don't want to ask someone for help, I result to my own assistive technology. I will use a magnifier on my phone to zoom in on labels and read them. I also have colour identifying apps. There is also an app called Seeing AI that also works well.

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Hey! My name is Emilee and I’m legally blind! I was born with a retinal disease called Cone Dystrophy and nystagmus (shaking eyes). Plus, I am very light-sensitive, so my sunglasses are my best friends (all 10 pairs of them). Some people see a disability as a bad thing but I love mine. ❤️

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How I shop with Sight Loss

Ok, so! To get right to the point, I'm Emilee. I am visually impaired as well as colour blind and have light sensitivity. I use a cane outsi