Therapy For People with Low Vision
If you have difficulty with any of the following, HealthReach's Low Vision services can help:
Reading your mail or the newspaper
Managing your medications
Signing your name, making a list or writing a check
Telling time on a watch or wall clock
Preparing a meal
Low vision occurs when an individual's vision is unable to be corrected with regular glasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgery. Low vision affects the ability of the individual to perform everyday activities. Often it is the loss of visual acuity or sharpness, or may be the loss of side vision, or extreme difficulty with glare and lighting.
Therapists Can Help People with Low Vision Remain Active, Safe
Any individual who is experiencing functional limitations due to low vision, have a visual acuity that is less than 20/60 in his or her better eye, or a visual field deficit could benefit from low vision rehabilitation.
Occupational therapists who have special training in the area of Low Vision can assist persons experiencing low vision continue to live safely and independently while continuing to do the activities they enjoy.
Low vision services do not cure the cause of low vision but, rather, utilize the remaining vision to the fullest potential.
Low Vision Services from HealthReach
A thorough evaluation will determine areas to address in low vision. Based on that evaluation, services could include:
Education on functional effects of eye condition,
Training with optical and non-optical devices to assist you to complete activities that you are having difficulty completing,
Eccentric viewing training to allow you to effectively use your remaining vision Information on resources available, and
Home safety assessment and modifications to increase safety and independence in your home environment.
We Can Help You Get a Referral for Low Vision Therapy
Therapy is usually covered by private insurance and Medicare. All that is needed to begin therapy is a referral from your eye care physician. Call your ophthalmologist or optometrist and ask for a prescription for Occupational Therapy Low Vision services. Feel free to contact HealthReach Low Vision services at our metro Milwaukee main clinic in Brookfield at 262-780-0707 and we will help you set up an appointment and begin to make the most of your vision.