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Low Vision Therapy

Low Vision Therapy

Low vision is the term used to describe vision impairment that cannot be corrected fully with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts are a common cause of low vision.

If you have a vision impairment that interferes with your ability to perform every day activities and enjoy life, an occupational therapist specializing in low vision can help.

Low vision can cause difficulty in seeing letters and numbers when reading and writing, moving around in your environment, and recognizing faces. It can pose safety risks such as dialing emergency numbers, managing medications accurately and controlling stove and other appliances.

What can an occupational therapist do?

  • Evaluate your environment to determine how it can be modified to make the most of your remaining vision.
  • Teach you how to use your remaining vision as efficiently as possible.
  • Help you identify everyday items that need to stand out by using contrasts and tactile markings to go by touch.
  • Reduce clutter and organize the environment to increase safety.
  • Increase selected lighting to optimize vision
  • Teach you to use touch, hearing and smell to compensate for your low vision.
  • Train you to use assistive devices that can aid in completing daily activities, such as magnifiers, audio equipment and voices activated technology.

Our skilled occupational therapists will work with you in a one-on-one setting of your choice: home, clinic, work or community.