Low vision rehabilitation strategies for occupational therapists

Collins, B and Collins, ND 2018, Low vision rehabilitation strategies for occupational therapists , in: RCOT 2018, 11th-13th June 2018, Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland.

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Abstract

Adults with low vision can experience significant restrictions in occupational participation (Dahlin Ivanoff et al 2002) and consequent impacts on wellbeing (Sloan et al 2005). As up to one in five service users over the age of 70 is likely to experience low vision (Fight For Sight 2015), occupational therapists need to consider the potential impact of low vision on daily occupations and be able to implement strategies to increase safety and occupational performance. Despite the prevalence of low vision, many occupational therapists feel ill-equipped to specifically intervene in issues caused by sight loss (Campion et al 2010). This interactive workshop, drawn from research evidence and many years’ experience, will demonstrate key strategies to assess and support people with low vision. Strategies include the use of eccentric fixation, lighting, low vision aid usage, the management of poor contrast sensitivity and avoiding glare. These approaches will be discussed in the context of practice, particularly with older people. This session will enable participants to recognise low vision and its impacts on daily function and identify appropriate strategies to use in practice, typically in the context of other age-related impairment. Occupational therapists have an important role to augment current vision rehabilitation services and address any restriction in performance due to visual impairment, thereby promoting better function for older clients.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: RCOT 2018 Book of Abstracts
Publisher: Royal College of Occupational Therapists
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2020 13:54
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2020 13:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57584

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