Overview

Helping You Become More Independent

Helping You Become More Independent

Low vision does not have to mean less independence. If you find that you need help with daily activities, like grooming, cooking, paying bills, shopping, or reading books or watching TV, our services can help you have more independence.

The goal of the Life Skills Clinic’s Low Vision Service is to provide a way for people who have low vision to maintain a full and productive lifestyle. Our treatment focuses on how to become more independent using your remaining vision. Our services include:

  • Low vision evaluation
    • Visual acuity
    • Contrast sensitivity
  • Functional evaluation
  • Home evaluation
  • Magnifiers and other aids to vision
  • Client and family education
  • Independent skills even with low vision
  • In services to housing and rehabilitation professionals

With the help of our certified low-vision specialists, most clients with low vision are able to remain in their homes by learning new ways of completing these tasks. Often simple changes in the home, combined with the right low vision products, can allow you to maintain your routine, day-to-day lifestyle in spite of low vision.

We create a supportive and collaborative experience that will help you maintain your participation in life.

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What Is Low Vision?

Low vision means that even your best vision (with the use of contact lenses, glasses, eye surgery, or other aids) makes it difficult to complete daily life tasks.

What Causes Low Vision?

Low vision is primarily caused by the following diseases:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Stroke

Low vision can also be caused by traumatic brain injury or accidents involving the eyes.

How Common Is Low Vision?

If you have low vision, you are not alone. One in six adults over the age of 45 have low vision.

What Can I Expect at an Appointment?

Our occupational therapists will work with you to help you safely and independently complete daily living tasks. We will:

  • Provide training for any devices we recommend.
  • Modify activities so you can complete them with less vision.
  • Teach you to use your remaining vision as effectively as possible.
  • Train you to use adaptive equipment to help compensate for vision loss.
  • Make recommendations for home modifications to improve safety.

Low Vision Evaluation Quiz

Take this short quiz to find out if our low vision services would benefit you.

Is it difficult, even with glasses on, to:

  • Read small print on medicine bottles, a telephone book, menus, or food labels?
  • Recognize faces of people you know?
  • See steps, stairs, or curbs?
  • Write checks, fill out forms, or sign your name?
  • Pour liquids, set the oven or burner dials, operate the microwave, or chop or cut foods?
  • Identify coins and bills and accurately make change?
  • Eat neatly, select matching clothing, clip your nails, or apply toothpaste to your toothbrush?
  • Identify your medications or monitor your medical conditions?
  • Watch TV?
  • Participate in hobbies such as sewing, knitting, or carpentry?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions or are frustrated in having to ask for help with everyday tasks, please contact us. We can help you make the most of your remaining vision and increase your independence.