Medical professionals define low vision as “vision loss severe enough to hinder the performance of daily living, but still allowing some useful visual discrimination.” Whether it’s caused by macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetes, low vision may mean a loss of independence for millions of Americans.
Occupational Therapy focuses on enabling the patient to safely and independently complete the daily living tasks compromised by vision loss. This is accomplished by teaching patients to use remaining vision as efficiently as possible to complete activities; modifying activities so they can be completed with less vision; and training you to use adaptive equipment to compensate for vision loss such as magnifiers. .
Michelle Newman, OTR, CHT