LS&S Low Vision Rehabilitation A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists

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LS&S Low Vision Rehabilitation A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists

Low vision rehabilitation is rapidly growing as a specialty practice for occupational therapists. This growth requires practical, evidence-based information on the evaluation and treatment of the effects of low vision on occupational performance. Responding to this need, Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists blends standards of practice that have been developed over 50 years by low vision therapists and optometrists, with the latest scientific research and the unique perspective of occupational therapists.

Low Vision Rehabilitation presents an emerging model in which occupational therapists practice as part of a team of vision rehabilitation professionals serving adults with low vision. Occupational therapists offer a unique contribution to the vision rehabilitation team, with a focus on meaningful occupational goals, the incorporation of occupation into therapy, and the orchestration of environmental, social, and non-visual personal factors into a treatment plan. Mitchell Scheiman, Maxine Scheiman, and Stephen Whittaker have developed a practical and straightforward text outlining an evaluation approach to interventions that focus on recovering occupational performance in adults.

Special features

Incorporates concepts from the AOTA Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process
Provides most of the core knowledge required for the ACVREP low vision certification examination and AOTA specialty certification in low vision
Includes an occupational therapy vision rehabilitation evaluation consisting of four components: occupational profile/case history, evaluation of visual factors, environmental evaluation, evaluation of occupational performance
Emphasizes intervention and low vision rehabilitation treatment including modification of the environment, use of non-optical assistive devices, use of optical devices, and use of computer technology
Provides valuable information on how to start an independent practice in low vision rehabilitation
Includes chapters on diabetic management and electronic assistive technology
Includes access to a companion website with printable forms and additional resources with text purchase
Written by authors who are optometrists, occupational therapists, researchers, and certified low vision therapists (CLVT), Low Vision Rehabilitation employs an interdisciplinary perspective that is unique, practical, and credible.

Section I: Introduction and Background Information
Chapter 1: Epidemiology, History, and Clinical Model for Low Vision Rehabilitation
Chapter 2: Review of Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Development of the Visual System
Chapter 3: Visual Acuity, Contrast Sensitivity, Refractive Disorders, and Visual Fields
Chapter 4: Eye Diseases Associated With Low Vision
Chapter 5: Optics of Lenses, Refraction, and Magnification
Chapter 6: Psychosocial Issues Related to Visual Impairment

Section II: Evaluation
Chapter 7: Overview and Review of the Low Vision Evaluation
Paul B. Freeman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Chapter 8: Occupational Therapy Low Vision Rehabilitation Evaluation

Section III: Treatment
Chapter 9: Overview of Treatment Strategy
Chapter 10: Foundation Skills and Therapeutic Activities
Chapter 11: Patient Education and Modification of the Environment
Chapter 12: Nonoptical Assistive Devices
Chapter 13: Optical Devices and Magnification Strategies
Chapter 14: Computer Technology in Low Vision Rehabilitation
Chapter 15: Adaptive Diabetes Self-Management Tools and Techniques
Debra A. Sokol-McKay, MS, CVRT, CDE, CLVT, OTR/L

Section IV: Practice Management
Chapter 16: Establishing a Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialty Practice
Chapter 17: Goal Writing