Low vision is the 3rd leading cause of disability in the elderly. It is a condition that primarily affects older adults. Low vision is caused by macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. There is no cure and in most cases vision loss is permanent. Low vision is a visual impairment severe enough to limit ability to complete daily living activities. Occupational therapy focuses on enabling a person to safely and independently complete daily tasks that are compromised by vision loss.
This is accomplished by teaching a person to use remaining vision as efficiently as possible to complete activities, modifying activities so they can be completed with less vision and training in the use of adaptive equipment to compensate for vision loss.
For more information regarding Low Vision contact the Occupational Therapy Department at SAMC 334-793-8161.