Low Vision Occupational Therapy includes over 19.1 million Americans with vision loss or blindness and it is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for individuals over the age of 18. Luckily, there are occupational therapy programs for individuals suffering from low vision. These programs focus on reducing how low vision affects your ability to remain independent and work. But, it is not just about keeping your employment, it is about functioning with your low vision.
Occupational therapy programs often enlist the help of multiple specialists, from certified optometrists to psychologists, to help rehabilitate a person after a low vision diagnosis.
The role of occupational therapy depends on your age and what area you are receiving rehabilitation for.
For adults, including seniors, occupational therapy for low vision helps them participate in daily activities and social activities regardless of their low vision. It also uses a combination method of rehabilitation to help teach you to live independently — such as cooking and cleaning — and remain productive at work.
Experts will work with you to design an environment modification plan, so you know what changes to make in your home and office so that you can remain functional. They also help you find the right type of assistive technology for your low vision, adaptive devices, and software so that you can function a little easier.
Low vision occupational therapy can help children with vision loss too. They see what areas of the brain are affected by the vision loss and help the child cope with that loss. It can also help children with essential motor skills so that they can still function, such as getting dressed, packing their own backpack, etc. Also, occup
There are a lot of services provided by occupational therapists, but some you can expect to find include:
There are apps that can help those with low vision too. These apps can be used in addition to occupational therapy or after therapy is complete. ColorDeBlind, for example, is a premium iPhone app that can help you identify colors. This app uses your smartphone to detect colors from a picture and uses smart recognition technology to read off the colors in the picture. You can download the ColorDeBlind app as well as other apps to assist you with your low vision through Low Vision Technologies.
Since there are a variety of high tech gadgets you can use for low vision assistance, your therapist should evaluate and identify which technology can be used to best help you in your daily activities.
For example, when it comes to reading, there are several effective magnifers on the market you can use. You can use built-in computer software to better read your monitor, or use an add-on piece of software to improve an older computer.
As well, hand-held and video magnifers offer a wide range of options for help with reading books, medication bottle labels, or food labels at the supermarket.
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