Do you or someone you love have trouble reading labels on medicines, recognizing faces, seeing the television, or reading the mail?\nIs it difficult to write checks, make lists, or use electronic devices such as cell phones or tablets? Do you avoid leaving home or have trouble navigating in unfamiliar areas because of your vision?\nIf so, you may need more than just a prescription for stronger glasses or contact lenses. You may need specialized occupational therapy because you\u2019re experiencing low vision.\nTo learn more about UPMC\u2019s occupational therapy services, visit the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services website.\nWhat Is Low Vision?\nLow vision and vision impairment describe any vision loss that cannot be corrected with the use of glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Certain eye diseases can affect your vision, including:\n\n\n\nMacular degeneration\nGlaucoma\nDiabetic retinopathy\nParkinson\u2019s disease\nStroke or visual field impairment\n\n\n\n\u201cIt\u2019s easy to let vision impairment stop you from enjoying life,\u201d says Holly Stants, MS, OTR\/L, senior occupational therapist with UPMC Centers for Rehab Services\u2019 Low Vision Clinic.\n\u201cBut it\u2019s important to know that help is out there. Occupational therapy for low vision rehabilitation can help you gain more independence so you can return to daily activities and a better quality of life.\u201d\nLow Vision and Vision Impairment Occupational Therapy\nSpecialized occupational therapy is available for those experiencing low vision or vision impairment. This type of rehabilitation can help you use your remaining vision for:\n\n\n\n\n\nReading\nMedicine management\nFall prevention strategies\nHome management\nElectronic device management, including computers and tablets\nTechnology, including cell phone use\nNavigating low lighting, glare, and contrast\nLeisure activities\n\n\n\n\n\nYour primary care doctor, optometrist, ophthalmologist, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner may refer you to an occupational therapist for low vision rehabilitation.\n\u201cWhen you begin therapy, we\u2019ll work with you to reach your personal goals,\u201d explains Holly. \u201cWe can train you on recommended equipment and skills to help you complete more tasks on your own.\u201d\nThese devices and skills include:\n\n\n\n\n\nTraining to use your remaining vision\nElectronic devices for magnification\nComputer program or applications for electronic devices\nSpecialized magnifiers\nStrategies to improve your ability to complete everyday tasks\nFall prevention strategies\nStrategies for coping with chronic vision impairment\nFamily education\n\n\n\n\n\n\u201cWe will help you improve your quality of life and ability to gain independence and complete meaningful activities,\u201d says Holly.