Occupational therapy is a profession that centers around enabling and assisting individuals to live life as independently as possible, engaging in the occupations, or activities, they want and need to do on a daily basis! Occupational therapists focus on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), leisure pursuits, work, and education when they work with clients across the lifespan. -> ADLs include the following basic activities we have to do each day: bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding, & grooming -> IADLs include the following: shopping, managing medications, cooking, cleaning, driving, managing finances, child care, etc.
Low Vision and Occupational Therapy
Symptoms of low vision, including blind spots, blurry vision, decreased field of view, etc. can have a devastating impact on a person's ability to complete activities they want and need to do in their daily life. They may slowly lose independence in their ability to complete their desired ADLs, work, IADLs, and leisure pursuits. Occupational therapists can help teach people strategies for successful completion of daily activities. They may also help people learn how to use the devices the Low Vision Optometrist prescribed to them in real life situations in their home or the community. Occupational therapy looks different for everyone based on their needs, but it is a very valuable profession as part of the care team for low vision!
The Low Vision Network is a team of various vision rehabilitation professionals. When an individual with functional problems is seen by an ophthalmologist, they are often referred to the Low Vision Network for assessment and treatment of the functional concerns. Individuals referred to the Low Vision Network benefit from collaboration between a low vision optometrist, low vision therapists, assistive technology specialists, and mobility professionals.
If you are a Chattanooga area occupational therapist or you or a loved one are interested in low vision rehabilitation, contact the Low Vision Network using the information found below.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the Low Vision Network