The goal of Vision Rehabilitation is to help people with low or impaired vision to live productive and satisfying lives as independently and safely as possible. Occupational Therapists work with clients with a number of conditions that may cause their vision to be impacting their ability to function. These conditions may include but are not limited to; glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic retinopathy. We can also help address the visual deficits that may arise following a neurologic event such as a concussion or stroke; these may include oculomotor deficits, double vision, and visual field cuts.
What Can Generation Care Do For Your Vision Impairment?
The goal of most persons with visual impairment is to continue to live in their own homes independently. We can provide home assessments to assure continued independence and safety in the home through specific low vision modifications and recommendation. Recommendations may be made related to maximizing the lighting in the house without increasing glare, using touch senses to help with identifying items that can’t be seen, and recommendations related to high tech and low tech low vision devices that will increase the ease of living independently. This may also include helping confirm that you have the most optimal magnification devices.
Another treatment area, when appropriate, is related to teaching patient’s with macular degeneration how to use their intact vision to increase their ability to see with more clarity. This technique is called eccentric viewing or looking through your ‘PRL.’
Our Occupational Therapy Director and team leader, Shannon Davis, has recently graduated with a Masters Certificate in Low Vision through the University of Alabama, Birmingham.