Community Physical Therapy
Community Physical Therapy

Low Vision


The visual system sends more than 80% of sensory information about the environment to the brain for recognition and interpretation. It allows individuals to interact with their surroundings. If any part of this system is damaged, individuals can experience low vision. Low vision describes any visual condition that cannot be corrected with contact lenses, glasses, pharmaceuticals, or surgery and impedes an individual’s ability to engage in daily activities. (National Eye Institute, 2019). 

Many older adults experience age-related changes that result in low vision. The most common conditions are glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Occupational therapy practitioners help people with low vision function at the highest possible level by

  • Providing strategies to prevent accidents and injury (e.g., improving lighting)
  • Teaching new skills (e.g., eccentric viewing, visual tracking)
  • Modifying the task or environment (e.g., recommending magnifiers)
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle (e.g., ensuring they can participate in daily activities
  • Occupational therapy practitioners train patients to use technology to improve reading for older adults with low vision performance occupations
    • Stand-based electronic magnification (e.g., CCTV)
    • iPad with Large Text Sizes Computer Tablet
    • Group Training on other client-specific technology (i.e., illuminated vs. non-illuminated magnifying glasses, high-plus glasses)

Low vision significantly impacts all aspects of daily life, including the reading required for the occupation.

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At our facility, we have a team of physical therapists who are experienced in providing care for any injury, pain or discomfort you may have. Whether you are dealing with a chronic condition or recovering from an injury, our therapists will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals. We offer a wide range of services, including therapeutic exercises, manual therapy and electrical stimulation. We also provide education on self-care and injury prevention. Our goal is to help you live a pain-free life and regain your independence.

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