Vision loss rehabilitation therapy helps people with all types of vision loss to develop or restore key daily living skills, helping enhance their independence, safety, mobility and well-being. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals may refer you for this therapy as a part of your overall care plan.
Vision loss rehabilitation therapy is provided by certified specialists, who will work with you to create a personalized rehabilitation plan to meet your needs and goals.
Your plan may include one or more of the following services:
If you have low vision, learning to use the sight you have left can be life changing. Our certified specialists can:
provide information about your eye disease and explain how it affects vision in an easy-to-understand way
teach you how to use lighting and colour contrast to maximize your remaining vision
help you select appropriate low vision aids and assistive technology – from specialty magnifiers to telescopes, iPads and apps
teach you how to use these devices for everyday tasks like reading small print on medications and food packages, to reading personal mail, newspapers, phone numbers and recipes, to watching TV, to reading street signs and bus numbers
Our certified specialists can help you build the skills you need to live safely and independently with vision loss. This may include helping you:
Learn safe methods of pouring a cup of coffee, preparing a meal and using household appliances
Discover simple techniques for labelling medications, identifying money, using the phone and organizing household items
Learn how to use large-print, braille and audio products, and adaptive technology as a part of day-to-day life
Learning to travel independently with vision loss is an essential skill. Our certified specialists can help you learn:
Use the guiding techniques: comfortable way to walk with a sighted person, the ability to use remaining vision and other senses to travel
Use a white cane and other mobility tools
Navigate your home and property safely and independently
Find and cross intersections
Ride public transit with confidence to reach community resources like the grocery store, bank or shopping mall
Navigate new environments like a workplace or school campus
Counselling is critical to people coming to terms with their vision loss, understanding and dealing with their emotions, and accepting the support and training that will allow them to live independent, active, lives. This may include:
Assistance with finding community programs, financial subsidies and other helpful resources available in your local area.
One-on-one counselling and/or referral to other mental health supports
A structured eight week adjustment to vision loss program facilitated by a trained professional
Connection to others who can share similar experiences and advice on adapting to vision loss