Functional Vision Retraining
What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a visual impairment, not correctable by standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery that interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
What Causes Low Vision?
Low vision can result from a variety of diseases and injuries that affect the eye. Many people with low vision have age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. Age-related macular degeneration accounts for almost 45 percent of all cases of low vision.
How Does Low Vision Affect People's Lives?
People with low vision experience physical, economic, and psychological changes that diminish their quality of life. Without assistance and training, patients may have difficulty using low vision devices and completing necessary daily living tasks such as:
- Meal preparation
- Financial management
- Home maintenance
- Community and leisure activities
Do you have any difficulty with the following activities, even when using glasses or magnification devices? If so, you may benefit from Low Vision Rehabilitation.
- Reading labels
- Reading books and newspapers
- Managing finances
- Counting money
- Using home appliances
- Using utensils
- Doing fine handiwork
- Preparing meals
- Performing self-care, grooming
- Managing medications
- Maintaining balance
- Navigating stairs, steps, curbs
Occupational Therapist and Low Vision Rehabilitations
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a unique health care profession that is concerned with the ability of people to independently participate in their meaningful daily activities, or “occupations”.
Low Vision Rehabilitation Occupational therapists help people with low vision impairment in the follow ways:
- Teach people to use their remaining vision as best possible to complete activities.
- Help modify activities so that they can be completed even with reduced vision.
- Train people in the use of adaptive equipment to compensate for vision loss.
- Create safe home environment to prevent falls and injuries.
Our therapists also work closely with your physician. They will also assist in determining if any other factors may interfere with the use of equipment, i.e. arthritic joints, upper and lower extremity weakness, and lack of endurance.
Low Vision Services Provided
- Home Safety Recommendations
- Lighting Recommendations
- Reading Training
- Visual Skills Training
- Cooking Safety Suggestions
- Computer Training including CCTV
- Financial Management Adaptations
- Adaptive Equipment
- Daily Living Skill Training
- Handwriting Training
- Optical and other Low Vision Aids/Equipment Training
- Mobility Training
- Support Group Resources