Low Vision

Purpose

Beaumont's Low Vision Rehabilitation offers a comprehensive assessment of functional visual skills. Treatment is provided to assist individuals in improving the functional use of their vision to maximize independence and safety with daily activities.

Service Overview

The Occupational Therapists at Beaumont's Low Vision Rehabilitation Program work with doctors of ophthalmology and optometry who are certified in low vision rehabilitation clinical care and who perform clinical examinations of functional deficits related to vision impairment. Compensatory optical and/or electronic technologies are often prescribed. The physician may provide disability determination.

Individualized Treatment

Individualized treatment is provided by an Occupational Therapist. Treatmentintegrates optical and non-optical devices, and compensatory strategies to help individuals improve the use of their remaining vision in their daily activities. A home evaluation is included when necessary to provide recommendations to enhance independence and safety. The Occupational Therapist will assist and recommend adaptations/modifications to the patient so they can create a home environment that promotes independence and safety. Prescriptions are accepted from optometrists, ophthalmologists and medical doctors.

Skills and Licensure of Clinicians

Occupational Therapists are registered by the State of Michigan. This specialized service requires advanced educational courses and training.

Conditions Treated

  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Albinism
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Other conditions causing visual impairment

Insurance

Insurance coverage may vary depending on individual benefits for therapy treatment.

Benefits

  • Promote independence in activities of daily living, despite reduced vision
  • Improve the patient's ability to read and participate in other meaningful activities
  • Provide education in relieving sensitivity to light/glare, improving the use of recommended optical devices
  • Improve safety and independence in the community
  • Provide resources in the community for visually impaired persons