Many older adults experience vision changes that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery because of eye conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and others. These conditions can make it difficult to complete daily tasks, but occupational therapy can help.
Occupational therapy is a skilled health, rehabilitation and educational service that helps patients participate in what they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (i.e. occupations). Specifically, occupational therapists can help low-vision sufferers with:
Those who experience low vision should contact their physician, optometrist or ophthalmologist for a referral for occupational therapy. The referring physician may also be able to recommend occupational therapists.
We have received many patients from physicians outside of our community because we are able to treat residents in Carroll County and surrounding counties .
Most private health insurance programs cover occupational therapy for disabilities, including low vision. Medicare extended coverage for low vision rehabilitation services, provided by occupational therapists, to all beneficiaries in 2002 if referred by an optometrist or physician.