Low Vision Therapy
Losing vision doesn’t mean giving up your activities, but it may mean learning new ways of doing them.
St. Claire offers low vision rehabilitation to patients who’s vision limits their ability to complete everyday activities and cannot be fully corrected by lenses, medical intervention, or surgery. We treat individuals with a variety of congenital and acquired visual challenges due to advancing age and vision loss from macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, trauma, and neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.
Our licensed occupational therapists have special training in low vision to help patients develop skills, and strategies to overcome the challenges of vision loss. Therapists will develop a personalized therapy program based on the patient's specific needs which focuses on daily functional activities such as reading, self-care, home management tasks (meal preparation, bill paying, etc), and leisure activities.
The goal of low vision therapy is to help patients regain as much independent functioning as possible by using their remaining vision and, when appropriate, by training them to use adaptive techniques or devices.
Patients can expect instruction on:
- Prescribed optical, magnifying, and field enhancing devices
- Compensatory strategies that will aid in their ability to perform occupational tasks
- Assistive technology such as iPads, smartphones, recorders, and magnifiers
- Ways to adapt to contrast sensitivity and identifying appropriate lighting
- Home safety and appropriate ergonomic strategies for efficient positioning to eliminate fatigue
- Visual perceptual skills (spatial awareness, visual figure ground, and visual closure)
- Sight guide techniques
It is preferred that patients have established care under an optometrist and/or ophthalmologist prior to initiating low vision rehabilitation. Ask your provider for a referral to St. Claire Occupational Therapy for low vision rehabilitation.