Occupational Therapy: An Introduction to Low Vision Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapists

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About Course #I6393

Release Date: August 8, 2017

Expiration Date: August 8, 2020

Blindness is considered to be one of the ten leading causes of disability in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Legal blindness describes central vision of 20/200 or less in the better eye with best correction or visual field of less than 20 degrees in the better eye (American Foundation for the Blind, 2008). Low vision is a term used to describe vision loss not corrected by glasses, medicine or surgery. More than 20% of the total U.S. population will be over the age of 65 by the year 2029 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). The baby boomer population is projected to be larger than the population of those under the age of 18 by the year 2056 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). As the baby boomer population increases, many will be affected by eye diseases (Prevent Blindness America, 2008).

This change in population serves as one factor warranting an increase in occupational therapy (OT) services for those individuals experiencing deficits in occupational performance due to age-related visual loss. The importance of occupational therapy's role in low vision rehabilitation is paramount as the profession progresses as a leading skilled allied health care service for older adults. This basic, introductory course is intended to introduce the occupational therapy practitioner, who may not have received low vision education or is not comfortable intervening with this population, with current evidence-based information related to the management of clients with low vision. The course content is designed to increase the reader's understanding of and ability to generalize concepts into daily assessment and intervention for clients experiencing occupational performance deficit due to low vision.

AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: performance skills; OT Process: evaluation and intervention

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

About the Author(s)

Amy Rebovich, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT, is an occupational therapist who specializes in low vision and is a certified low vision therapist currently working in the VA Pittsburgh Intermediate low vision clinic. Dr. Rebovich earned her post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2013 and undergraduate degree at Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1999.

Jodi Schreiber, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, is a 2014 graduate of the post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) program from Thomas Jefferson University. She also studied at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received both a master of science (1998) and a bachelor of science (1991) degree in Occupational Therapy. She is currently an associate professor in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Chatham University.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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