Low Vision Program
Patients who have visual impairments (partially or severely impaired vision while using corrective lenses) can benefit tremendously from Baker Rehab Group’s EyeSee progran. Common diagnoses BRG therapists treat in the EyeSee Low Vision program include: Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration or CVA / Stroke. Each client with a known or suspected low vision will be assessed by a therapist specializing in low vision and treated according to an individualized treatment plan.The full assessment includes a complete functional history, review of medications, ADLs, IADLs, habits/routines, vision, cognition, vital signs, and home safety assessment. In the EyeSee Low Vision Program, our credentialed therapists:
- Evaluate a person’s environment at work and at home to determine how it can be altered to make the most out of a person’s remaining vision.
- Help a person identify items used every day that need to “stand out” (provide a contrast) by marking them with bright colors so they can be easily found.
- Increase lighting so objects can be seen easily. In addition to providing extra light to items, occupational therapists also can identify areas that could be dangerous if not well lit, such as stairwells, kitchens, and spaces with area rugs.
- Reduce clutter in rooms to increase safety by removing items from countertops, tabletops, and floors.
- Educate a person on how to compensate for vision loss by using other senses, such as touch, hearing, and smell.
- Recommend and train a person to use assistive devices that can aid in completing daily activities, such as magnifiers, audio equipment, and voice-activated computers.
- Evaluate a person’s ability to drive and determine whether a person with low vision can adjust his or her driving so that he or she can continue to get around safely or should develop alternative ways to get around.