- Try On Reading Glasses: Bring several pairs of reading glasses to class. Remind students that reading glasses are used for seeing things that are near, not for seeing things that are far away. Explain that reading glasses have different strengths, such as 1.25, 1.50, and 2.00. Explain that it is normal for people in middle age and older to have difficulty seeing small things up close, such as threading a needle or reading small words on a page. Reading glasses can help. Allow students to try on reading glasses in several different strengths. Talk about places in your area where you may be able to buy inexpensive reading glasses, such as a pharmacy or large grocery store.
- Tumbling E Eye Chart: Search on the internet for "Tumbling E Eye Chart" and find and print an image of this basic eye test. Demonstrate to students how to point fingers the way the chart indicates for each symbol. Display the poster at the front of the room. Point to the symbols on the chart and have each student decide which symbols are easy for them to see and which are difficult to see. If students feel they have difficulty seeing things that are far away that others are able to see, explain the process of making an appointment with an eye doctor, receiving a prescription for glasses, and then buying glasses. The Health Literacy Resources page created by Calgary Immigrant Women's Association includes a video that shows what to expect during a visit to an eye doctor.