Low Vision Occupational Therapy (OT) – Frequently Asked Questions
What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a healthcare profession that deals with enhancing a patient’s ability to be as independent as possible in meaningful daily activities, which may include:
- Preparing meals
- Managing finances
- Reading mail
- Identifying labels
- Managing medications
- Getting dressed
- Grooming and self-care skills
- Enjoying leisure activities
How can an occupational therapist help me with low vision?
An occupational therapist can assist you in the following ways:
- Teaching to utilize your remaining vision to complete activities
- Training in the use of adaptive equipment
- Modifying the activity so it can be performed with reduced vision
- Adapting the home to enhance safety and task performance
- Referring to community resources
What can friends and family of a person with low vision do?
There are many things friends and family can do to assist someone with low vision:
- Stay educated about the person’s vision ability
- Help and support a person with low vision in adapting his or her home to keep it safe and functional
- Help a person with low vision access community resources
- Consult the doctor to obtain a referral for occupational therapy