Low vision can cause difficulty in seeing detailed letters and numbers when reading, recognizing the slope of a curb, steps, or facial features, and distinguishing between similar colors, such as black and blue. Adults who have these problems may have trouble maintaining their independence and completing typical day-to-day activities.
It is possible for people with vision impairments to continue to live independent and meaningful lives with the help of an occupational therapist. Practitioners can help people with low vision to continue living in their own homes and complete daily tasks, such as showering, dressing, cooking, grocery shopping, managing finances, and getting around in the community.
What can an occupational therapist do?
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A vision impairment is a serious issue that may affect many aspects of a person's life, including work and leisure activities. If you would like to consult an occupational therapist, practitioners are available through most hospitals, medical centers, and clinics, including low vision centers. Contact your doctor or other local health officials for more information.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are trained in helping both adults and children with a broad range of physical, developmental, and behavioral conditions in addition to low vision, such as low back pain, mood disorders, and substance use disorders. Occupational therapy practitioners also advise people in home modification and preventing falls, and help clients in wellness techniques that may prevent injury and disease.