Vision Rehabilitation Services:
Vision Rehab is a medical program that helps to improve vision in general or in cases of low vision. Vision Rehabilitation works to improve the quality of life and increase the functional ability. Not only with adults and children that have low vision or lost vision, in many cases, individuals that have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities like Autism, ADHD etc., have been shown to benefit with Vision Rehab programs.
Vision Rehab sometimes works in conjunction with other medical options like surgery and/or medications and sometimes even when other options fail. Vision Rehab at Progressive Care is a team approach involving other specialists as and when needed.
A tailor made program is made starting from counseling, detailed Evaluation, goal based treatment plan with periodic reevaluation etc., In some cases where there are limitations of distance, time etc., home program is designed with suggested follow-ups.
Low vision and blindness are a growing health problem that adversely affects the quality of life of an individual. Low vision rehabilitation (LVR) is the process of restoring functional ability and improving quality of life and independence of a patient with low vision. This means even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, and writing can seem challenging. It requires a thorough clinical and functional assessment of the disease, of patients’ requirements and daily needs. Thereafter, the rehabilitation is tailored to correspond to the type of the visual disability and the individual’s expectations. Currently India is a home to around one-third to one-fourth of the world’s blind population- Rebika Dhiman, Itika Garg et al, Dr. R. P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences; 26-JUL-2017
Doctors of optometry providing vision rehabilitation services may treat individuals with vision impairments caused by ocular diseases, such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Glaucoma, Retinitis Pigmentosa etc, and non ocular causes like CVA (Stroke), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or other neurological conditions affecting vision. Also the services are extended to children with special needs like Autism, ADHD, Down’s, Hearing impaired etc – American optometric association.
About 70 to 80 percent of what we learn is through the visual system. “If the child is having trouble learning, there’s a good chance there’s a visual disconnect or poor integration with auditory or vestibular systems. With the right therapy, interactions/connections between visual, auditory and vestibular systems improve and so do learning. Optometric vision rehabilitation, along with occupational therapy, can make significant improvements in the functioning of the special children. Multi-sensory stimulation is a key element in the therapy program.”
Low-vision rehabilitation consists of learning ways to optimize the use of residual vision, utilizing low-vision aids such as magniﬁers and computer equipment, and making adaptations to the environment to compensate for low vision. People with low vision can be taught a variety of techniques to perform daily activities with what vision remains. Vision rehabilitation treatment plans are guided by the concept of patient-centered care, and therefore account for the unique preferences, goals, priorities, and relevant contextual factors of the individual patient when addressing the consequences of vision loss.
Progressive care is a multi-rehabilitation clinical set up with Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Speech and language therapy, Behavior therapy, Visual rehabilitation and Yoga services, all under one roof. Children or adults with conditions like Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual disability, Brain stroke, Hearing impairment etc. will be benefitted. The therapeutic plan will be discussed with the client and family members. The professionals work together with a team approach for better outcome.
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