Vision problems can make it difficult for you to perform everyday tasks, from self-grooming activities to household chores, and even participating in favorite hobbies and pastimes.
The Visual Impairment Program at the Mary Free Bed strives to improve your independence, functionality and quality of life. We focus on helping you to be safer at home and in your community by teaching you how to compensate for a visual change.
People who are blind or have low vision may benefit from services through the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. ABVI is an independent subsidiary of Mary Free Bed.
We treat patients of all ages, from children to older adults, experiencing visual impairments caused by:
Our specially trained occupational therapists work with you or your family member to develop a vision therapy and treatment plan.
This begins with a comprehensive evaluation where we’ll assess everything from your medical history to how much you can currently see. Specialized tests – such as visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, visual perceptual deficit and others – provide us with the information we need to offer you expert recommendations.
Your treatment may include time using the Vision Coach Interactive Light Board. This dynamic, state-of-the-art system improves visual function, muscular coordination and neuromotor abilities.
You’ll work with an occupational therapist on vision therapy. This may include everything from visual reaction time training to hand-eye coordination and visual retraining activities. You may also learn a home exercise program and receive training on adaptive equipment and technology.
Multiple programs and features assess and treat various diagnoses and disabilities, including central and peripheral awareness; visual attention, processing, recognition and reaction time; binocularity; field loss deficit; visual motor integration; eye, hand, and body coordination; balance and cognition.