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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).
Quality of life issues may also be addressed, such as helping a client obtain adaptive equipment for leisure pursuits. 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 adaptive equipment recommendations, training with equipment, and a home program to address deﬁcits. Home visits may be arranged as needed if the patient meets homebound requirements.
Consultation with referring physician and with local optometrists as needed to facilitate the most comprehensive treatment for the patient.