Low Vision Rehabilation

DO YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY…

  • Reading small print, such as medication labels or the telephone book?
  • Recognizing people’s faces?
  • Seeing steps, stairs, or curbs?
  • Writing checks or filling out forms?
  • Pouring liquids or cutting/measuring foods?
  • Setting appliance dials?
  • Identifying coins/bills or making change?

WHAT IS LOW VISION?  Low vision is a visual impairment, not corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery, that interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities.

In older adults, it is caused primarily by four eye diseases:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Inoperable cataracts

WHAT IS A LOW VISION REHABILITATION PROGRAM?  The program is provided by a licensed occupational therapist and focuses on enabling people with low vision to safely and independently complete activities of daily living by teaching them to use their remaining vision efficiently within their home setting.  This is accomplished by training clients in the use of optical and non-optical devices, adaptive techniques, and community resources.  The program allows clients to age in the familiarity and security of their own homes.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR OUR PROGRAM?  Clients must have visual acuity of 20/70 or worse in better seeing eye or a visual field deficit of 20 degrees or less.  The program is covered 100% by Medicare A.  Homebound status: Must be a taxing effort to leave the home on a regular basis.