Low Vision Occupational Therapy (OT) – Frequently Asked Questions 2017-01-28T09:41:26-05:00

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