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Visual impairments may affect all or just a few aspects of a person’s life. Occupational therapists may assist clients to achieve or maintain independence with tasks such as reading medication labels, recipes, newspaper articles, managing ﬁnances, and self-care activities (such as bathing, dressing, and grooming) and leisure activities.
Driving is an additional area where clients with visual deﬁcits may beneﬁt from vision rehabilitation.
What diagnoses are appropriate for a referral?
- Macular degeneration
- Visual ﬁeld cuts
- Decreased acuity
- Any decrease in independence secondary to poor vision
Clients referred by physicians for an occupational therapy evaluation to address vision deﬁcits can expect the following:
- A comprehensive evaluation of functional vision skills
- A custom-made treatment plan to address deﬁcits, including compensatory strategy and/or a home program to address deﬁcits. Home visits may be arranged as needed for assessing safety in the home and for in home training.
- Consultation with referring physician and with local optometrists as needed to facilitate the most comprehensive treatment for the patient.
For more information, please call 812.353.9484.