Low Vision Therapy

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.