Occupational Therapy

If recommended by the optometrist, our occupational therapist, Nicole Lavery, OT-R/L, will help you implement aspects of the rehabilitation plan which may include:

  • instruction in the use of new techniques for daily tasks
  • instruction in the use of prescribed low vision devices
  • modification of your visual environment to enhance the use of vision
  • the use of appropriate psychosocial support
  • referral to other programs, both within and outside of our agency

 

Nicole will begin your appointment with an additional functional assessment of visual abilities for everyday tasks that are important to you. Everyday visual tasks might include reading, writing, moving through space, grooming, watching television, cooking, cleaning, household repair, finding lost objects, or other educational, vocational or recreational pursuits. The nature and extent of services needed is guided by the results of this functional assessment. The assessment includes:

  • a review of the information from the clinical low vision examination
  • an assessment of the individual’s functional visual abilities for everyday tasks with and without the low vision devices prescribed by the eye care specialist
  • an assessment of the environment in which vision will be used, including but not limited to lighting, color and contrast, position in space, and time factors associated with the completion of tasks, and the size and distance of objects

 

Occupational therapy, in conjunction with the low vision evaluation provided by Dr. Stupiansky, is an integral part of maintaining your independence. Nicole is knowledgeable and skilled in low vision service provision, and adheres to the highest clinical standards.  She will ensure that our low vision services are as complete as possible and that your unique needs are met.