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Vision impairment can make it difficult for you to perform everyday tasks, from self-grooming activities to household chores – even participating in favorite hobbies and pastimes.

The Visual Impairment Program at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Therapy Center 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 helping you to compensate for a visual change.

We treat patients of all ages, from children to older adults. Our vision therapy clinic in Grand Rapids helps patients from throughout West Michigan who experience visual impairments caused by:

• Aging
• Brain injury (in particular those related to oculomotor and visual field deficits)
• Diabetes
• Multiple sclerosis
• Stroke (related to visual field deficits)
• Other diseases of the eye

Our specially trained occupational therapists work with you or your family member on an individual basis to develop a vision therapy and treatment plan. This begins with a comprehensive evaluation where we’ll assess everything from your medical history to your current functionality. Specialized tests – like 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 with the Vision Coach Interactive Light Board. This dynamic, state-of-the-art system promotes and enhances visual function, muscular coordination and neuromotor abilities. 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.

You’ll work with an occupational therapist on vision therapy that can include everything from visual reaction time training, to hand-eye coordination and visual retraining activities – and much more. You may also learn a home exercise program and receive training on adaptive equipment and technology.