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Low Vision Occupational Therapy at UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is any vision loss that you can't correct with:

  • Glasses.
  • Contact lenses.
  • Surgery.

UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and UPMC Vision Institute low vision occupational therapy teams help you gain more independence.

This way, you can safely get back to your daily routine and have a better quality of life.

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What Is Low Vision Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Low vision OT helps you use your remaining vision for:

  • Reading and writing.
  • Low lighting, glare, and contrast.
  • Technology, cellphones, computers, and tablets.

What does an OT do for low vision?

We work with you as a team to meet your goals.

Ways our OTs can help you gain independence with low vision include:

  • Training your remaining vision.
  • Learning how to use electronic devices to make things bigger.
  • Using computer programs or applications.
  • Techniques for completing everyday tasks and moving about your home with ease.
  • Strategies for coping with chronic vision loss and chronic disease, including medicine.
  • Connecting you to family and community resources.

Do I Need a Referral to Low Vision OT at UPMC?

Yes. Your low-vision optometrist, doctor, or other health care provider can refer you to us.

Will my insurance cover low vision OT?

Most health plans cover occupational therapy, though not devices.

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