Low Vision Therapy
Franciscan Health offers low vision therapy to help those with low vision regain or improve independence with daily activities.
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Low Vision Therapy
Low Vision Therapy for More Independence
People living with low vision have a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by conventional methods, such as glasses, contacts or laser surgery. Low vision often interferes with a person's ability to handle everyday activities such as grooming, cooking, home maintenance or financial management. Low vision can make it hard to participate in community or leisure activities making one feel isolated. Low vision therapy can help people regain some of their independence.
Causes of low vision
Low vision is sometimes caused by age-related diseases but can affect people of any age. People who can benefit from low vision therapy may have had their vision affected by:
- Age-related diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma
- Neurological injury such as CVA (stroke) or head injury
- Trauma to the eye
Low vision therapy services
Low vision therapy helps patients use their available vision to accomplish everyday tasks in new ways. Our low vision therapists teach patients how to use magnifiers and other adaptive equipment. They can also help patients find helpful community resources and perform a home safety assessment.
Low vision therapy services include:
- Occupational therapy evaluation
- Home safety recommendations
- Lighting recommendations
- Reading training
- Visual skills training
- Cooking safety suggestions
- Computer training
- Financial management adaptations
- Adaptive equipment
- Daily living skills training
- Scotoma awareness training
- Preferred retinal loci training
- Handwriting training
- Optical and other low vision aides/equipment training
- Mobility training