WHAT IS LOW VISION:
Low vision is described as a visual impairment that is not able to be corrected. It can be characterized by blurry vision, partial vision, tunnel vision, and also includes legal blindness. Typically low vision is caused by diseases of the eye or certain health conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes. Millions of people are affected by low vision and once vision is lost, it can not be restored. Most common, low vision is seen in individuals over the age of 65. The use of eyeglasses, medicine or even surgery may not help improve vision.
HOW CAN IT AFFECT YOU:
Living with low vision can make everyday life tasks very challenging. Do you have difficulty with daily tasks such as picking out clothing, stepping in and out of the shower, and cooking meals? Do you enjoy reading but can’t see the print anymore? Are you having trouble taking your medication because you are not able to see it?
HOW CAN REHABILITY HELP YOU:
Our Occupational Therapist can offer vision rehabilitation services which may include recommendations for compensatory strategies to complete activities of daily living skills as well as training for the use of magnifying glasses, technology, and adaptive devices. In addition, Occupational Therapy can provide helpful information such as local resources and suggestions for home modifications to improve safety and maximize independence during activities of daily living skills.
Some suggestions our Occupational Therapist may discuss with you are:
- Use of contrasting colors
- Training in the use of adaptive devices such as magnifiers and audio equipment
- Learning to use your remaining vision more effectively through different techniques
- Use of e-readers or large print books
Rehability can provide skilled services to help you meet your specific needs. Ask your physician for a referral to Occupational Therapy if you would like assistance in improving your functional independence, improving your safety and returning to activities you enjoy.
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