Occupational Therapy for Those with Vision Loss
Mercy Low-vision Rehabilitation, an outpatient occupational therapy program, focuses on enabling those with visual loss to safely and independently complete everyday tasks that their loss of vision make difficult.
Occupational Therapy for Low Vision Can Help:
- Teach people how to use remaining vision as efficiently as possible to complete activities.
- Change activities so that they can be completed with less vision.
- Teach people to use adaptive equipment that aid with vision loss.
- Teach people how to adapt in their own homes and in the community.
Why is Low-vision Rehabilitation Needed?
Persons with vision loss have difficulty using their remaining vision to:
- Complete everyday activities (grooming, cooking, paying bills, shopping, etc.)
- Use knives to prepare foods
- Judge depth on stairs and curbs
- Identify and take medications
- Monitor glucose levels
- Dial emergency numbers
- Use the stove safely
- Identify spoiled foods and spills on the floor
- Walk safely on different surfaces
How Low Vision Is Defined
- Low vision is a chronic medical condition.
- Low vision can limit a person’s ability to complete every day activities but allows for some useable vision.
- Low vision affects 1 in 6 adults over 45 years of age. Two thirds are over 65 years of age.
- The three primary diseases causing low vision are Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma.
Reimbursement for Occupational Therapy
- A physician or optometrist referral is required
- Medicare covers Occupational Therapy
- Billing is through outpatient services