Any manufacturer of canes for the blind knows the extreme importance of making these tools high quality. An extension of the searching hand to aid a walk in the dark, visually impaired canes need to be dependable and well made. We have mobility canes that are both reflective (so drivers and other pedestrians will be aware and able to see the blind) and that extend the sense of touch to make the way clearer. Take a look at our medical walking equipment.
If you need to buy a cane for the blind, you will first need to understand the true purpose of this type of cane. Unlike a traditional walking cane-in which the cane is used to support weight that the walker cannot bear on his own- a cane for the blind is meant to be a type of "feeler" and allow the person to avoid running into unexpected objects.
Since a cane for the blind is used for this purpose, it is important that you buy the right type of cane. A traditional walking cane might be too heavy or short (or both) for a blind person to use. Instead, it needs to be more lightweight and longer than traditional canes.
Since the person using the cane will have to use it quite often- almost any time he or she will be walking in an unfamiliar area-having a lightweight cane is a good thing. It won't be braced on the ground as it would be as a walking support, so all the weight of the cane will be placed on the walker. This is why a cane for the blind is often very light when carried.
The looks of a cane for the blind is often not important, since the person using it can't see it. However, designs that can be felt by the user and noticed by others might be worth considering. In this case, it will solely depend on the person using the cane and whether or not they prefer to have a basic cane or one with style. The type of cane for the blind that you purchase will also include a variety of other options. There are many that are telescoping canes so that they can be made compact when necessary. This comes in handy because many people will not want to put the cane down anywhere. This enables them to keep the cane nearby at all times without having to worry about it being in the way of others.
Another feature that is often available for a cane for the blind is a light. These canes are excellent for people who will be using the cane while walking in the dark. Even though a blind person will be able to hear a car coming before crossing the street, it never hurts to add an extra safety feature so that cars can see the walker more clearly and quickly. Whatever type of cane for the blind you buy, keep the person in mind when you do so. It is a nice thought as a gift, but you want to make sure it is something that the person will actually use.