Low vision
low vision

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What is low vision?

Vision that is less than 20/70 in one or both eyes that can not be corrected.


Barbara Smith Low Vision Occupational Therapy Services are now available:
  • North Shore Massachusetts
  • All fees covered by Medicare
  • Ask your doctor to prescribe services
  • Email for information: BsmithOTR@msn.com
  • Cell: (508) 843-3147
  • Fax: (978) 945-5566

Here are just few of the things I do during a low vision occupational therapy home visit:

  • Examine patient's lighting set-ups. I usually amaze them with how much easier it is to see when using a goose neck lamp that shines on the reading or work material.
  • Discuss the variety of magnification options that range from strong glasses prescribed by a low vision optometrist to the magnifier lamp I bought at Staples. I explain the difference between a hand-held vs. a  stand magnifier.
  • Check for sources of glare and recommend changes to avoid glare.
  • Provide low vision product catalogs and brochures about the patient's specific disease.
  • Provide samples of yellow bold lined paper, enlarged check registry and puzzles.
  • Recommend ways to increase color contrast in the home.
  • Put bump dots on appliance dial settings or other tactile cues as needed.
  • Teach patients with macular degeneration eccentric viewing and teach patients with glaucoma scanning techniques.
  • Set-up optimal conditions for reading with clip board, lighting, magnifier etc.
  • Explain available technologies including the CCTV and magnifier setting on the computer.
  • Explain use of  enlargement to see better, i.e. large  numbered clocks, telephones, large print bank checks, calendars etc.
  • Teach mobility trailing skills when needed.
  • Demonstrate adaptive equipment for daily living skills such as needle threading machine and color contrast cutting boards.
  • Recommend ways to be safer i.e. remove throw rugs, use liquid soap, large oven mitts, bright colors on furniture edges, steps, recommend railings.
  • Evaluate patient as possible candidate for low vision optometrist evaluation/glasses.
  • Referrals for other social services or assistance.