Lions Low Vision Center

Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Through a unique partnership between the Lions Club and Hospital for Special Care, individuals with low vision may now receive a formal Occupational Therapy evaluation. They will receive education in the skills needed to gain independence in activities of daily living, and obtain magnification and low vision equipment at no additional charge.

What is low vision?

Low vision is that degree of vision loss that can no longer be corrected by eyeglasses, contacts, medicine or surgery. It is the third most commonly occurring impairment among people ages 70 and over, exceeded only by heart disease and arthritis.

Although reduced reading vision is most common, deterioration in other aspects of sight including peripheral and color vision, the ability to adjust to changes in levels of light, contrast or glare can also occur.

Disorders Causing Low Vision

  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Acquired Brain Injury (head injury, brain damage, stroke)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pediatric diagnoses (amblyopia, cerebral palsy, autism)

Examples of Low Vision Aids Offered

  • Communication aids (large print keyboard, large button phone)
  • Handheld illuminated magnifiers (3x-10x)
  • Hands-free magnification aids
  • Handwriting aids
  • Illuminated stand magnifiers (3x-10x)
  • Illumination aids (LED lights)
  • Leisure aids (large print playing cards)
  • Low vision sunglasses
  • Meal preparation aids
  • Medication management aids
  • Money management aids
  • Posture and positioning aids (lap desk, book holder)

Examples of Low Vision Training

  • Education in eye movement exercises (scotoma awareness or eccentric viewing skills)
  • Education in safety strategies for mobility and emergency preparedness in the home
  • Education in low vision computer aids
  • Assistance with applications for The Connecticut Radio Information System (CRIS), Library Services for the Blind, BESB (Bureau of Education Services for the Blind), Fidelco Guide Dogs
  • Education in local, state, and national low vision resources

Service Requirements

  1. Visit an eye care professional within the last month
  2. Prescription for a low vision evaluation

Referral Process

A doctor’s prescription is required that states “Occupational Therapy, Low Vision evaluation/treatment” and includes the individual’s diagnosis. Faxed to 860.832.6277.

The individual will be contacted by the Hospital for Special Care Outpatient Rehabilitation Department.

The individual will receive an initial Occupational Therapy evaluation to identify areas of need as they relate to vision loss. Follow up visits will include education and provision of applicable high power magnifiers, illumination aids and low vision equipment.

Cost

Thanks to the generous donations from the CT Lions Clubs, all magnifiers and low vision aids are free of charge. The Occupational Therapy Evaluation and follow up visits are covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies.

For more information on Lions Low Vision Centers please visit https://www.23blionslowvision.com/