Low vision is a visual impairment severe enough to limit the ability to complete many necessary daily living activities but which allow some usual vision. Low vision primarily affects older adults: two-thirds of persons with low vision are over age 65. In older adults, it is primarily caused by three diseases: macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Persons with low vision often have difficulty using their remaining vision efficiently and effectively to complete needed daily activities. They may experience difficulty performing many basic activities including grooming, cooking, paying bills and shopping.
Visual impairments have been identified as one of the primary contributors to falls by the elderly. Methodist Fremont Health's Occupational Therapists focus on enabling the person with the visual impairment to safely and independently complete the daily living tasks compromised by vision loss.
This is accomplished by:
- Teaching the person to use remaining vision as efficiently as possible to complete activities.
- Modifying activities so they can be complete with less vision.
- Training the person to use adaptive equipment to compensate for vision loss.
Most training is completed in the person's home and community environment.