Vision Impairment Medical IDs

Medical IDs and Vision Impairment

A vision impaired bracelet or vision impaired jewelry is probably the last thing on anybody's mind when dealing with a vision impairment. After all, bracelets, necklaces and anklets may not seem to serve any purpose beyond being decorative. However, when it comes to impairment like the inability to see fully, being identified as having a medical condition is often necessary.

This is why vision impaired bracelets are often worn not just to inform anyone about the wearer's health status but also to alert people, such as rescuers, first-aid staff and medical professionals of the appropriate action to perform when the wearer is involved in an emergency.

Knowledge Can Save a Life

When blind or vision impaired people were first encouraged to wear medical identification bracelets, some people were not very supportive of getting "tagged" as vision impaired. However, the fact that the bracelets were medical alert tags and could provide important information during an emergency quickly showed why it was a necessity. Today, even with modern technology, it still is.

Blindness, low vision, or profound vision loss are serious conditions, and it is important that those having the condition are properly identified with a medical bracelet in case of an emergency. Oftentimes, the vision impaired person may not be able to speak or communicate in an emergency. He or she may even be unresponsive. Furthermore, an emergency may occur when a relative or a friend who has knowledge about the vision impairment may not be around. In these cases, a vision impaired bracelet can silently inform the attending medical personnel. Medical personnel treating you will need to know whether the vision impairment is a new or an existing condition so that they will be able to diagnose and treat correctly. Otherwise they may consider the lack of vision or the inability to respond to visual stimuli to be a sign of brain or eye injury, perhaps due to head trauma.

Preparing for an Emergency

Vision impairment can be a difficult condition to have as it can make communication complicated, even in less stressful times. Having a vision impaired bracelet will let the medical staff know how best to communicate with you and be able to make the appropriate medical decisions that can save your life.

Always ensure that you or your loved one is wearing a vision impaired bracelet at all times and especially before leaving the house. If necessary, pack an extra bracelet during special trips, particularly if you will be traveling alone or leaving town on an extended trip. Always wear the bracelet where it can be spotted easily and avoid taking it off. It might cramp your style, but it can mean the difference between getting the proper care you need and suffering serious medical consequences.