The kitchen

You can still enjoy cooking with changing vision. Making some small changes and adding some new tools can help make navigating your kitchen safer and easier.


• Use non-slip rugs or use double-sided tape to secure mats 
• Avoid patterned tiles and flooring
• Label frequently used settings on appliances with coloured tape
• Use a finger guard or glove for cutting or chopping


Contrast and colour

• Use solid-coloured dishware that contrasts with your tablecloth or placemats
• Use a high contrast cutting board
• Define cabinet edges and doors with brightly coloured tape to easily see if they’re open



• Use large stickers or handwritten index cards to label pantry items
• Always place kitchen items in the same place
• Use a voice recorder to create shopping lists

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• Use a lamp or install extra lighting under cabinets near where you prepare food
• Reduce glare from windows with blinds, shades or curtains
• Use a lighted magnifier to enlarge and brighten text


Low-vision tools

• Use an audible liquid-level indicator to alert you when your dish or cup is full
• Use voice-activated kitchen devices like thermometers and timers

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Find out more

For more information and resources on AMD,
you can visit:

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd are working together on the common goal to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration in the community and to provide support for the patients and their caregivers. See What’s Next is a disease information website developed by Novartis. By supporting this initiative, the MDFA is not endorsing any specific treatment or therapy.

AMD: age-related macular degeneration.

References: 1. Optometry Australia. 2019 Clinical Practice Guide for the diagnosis, treatment and management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. 2. Macular Disease Foundation Australia. The Journey to See: A Model for Success.