- Thorough examination by an Optometrist
- Possible Occupational Therapy Evaluation to determine Functional Vision Skills in daily living tasks.
- Treatment plans may include prescription of glasses, specialized optical systems, therapeutic filters, magnification devices, adaptive equipment and the prescription of Occupational Therapy for training or adapting tasks to effectively maximize visual functioning for activities of daily living.
Chris Erbisch, OTR/L, COVT uses her Occupational Therapy background to assist in problem solving one’s daily living tasks to ensure the most optimum process is used and determine if any adaptations can be made in one’s environment. An Occupational Therapist’s role is to ensure safety while improving an individual’s daily and leisure living skills. Chris has also had additional training through the American Occupational Therapy Association’s professional course recommendation on Low vision Training through visABILITIES Rehab Services.
Occupational Therapy training sessions beyond the evaluation/recommendations may consist of exercises to improve fixation of the better seeing eye, improve tracking, and utilizing periphery skills to maximize the vision that remains. Sessions may also address education and hands on practice with various magnification devices, adapting the home environment to recommend contrast enhancement and labeling techniques, or providing resources for equipment that may make tasks easier that best matches the individual’s goals.
Some Low vision devices that may be recommended include:
- Spectacle‐mounted magnifiers (as prescribed by the Optometrist)
- Hand‐held, head mounted and stand magnifiers
- Electronic Magnifiers or portable electronic enlarges
- Video magnification – table‐top (closed‐circuit television)
- Large‐print books, magazines, and newspapers
- Books‐on‐tape or Optical Character Recognition (OCR) text to speech software resources
- High contrast kitchen Utensils
- Resource assistance for many other useful devices