Low Vision Rehabilitation

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Patients with low vision can benefit from low vision rehabilitation by learning how to make the most of their remaining vision. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A person is considered to have low vision when vision cannot be corrected with eyeglasses or surgery and makes daily tasks difficult.

Low vision rehabilitation provides services to help patients make the most of their remaining vision and perform daily tasks that have been affected by vision impairment.

Low vision rehabilitation benefits patients who have glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Rehabilitation services are provided by occupational therapists with specialty certification in low vision rehabilitation. Therapists help patients to become independently capable of daily activities with a variety of different vision skills and teach effective use of remaining vision.

With a referral from an optometrist, ophthalmologist or primary care physician, Medicare and most insurance policies cover the cost of low vision rehabilitation services given by an occupational therapist.

Many patients require multiple visits to the clinic to meet those needs. To help maximize the patients independence, treatment can be provided in either the home or a clinic.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.