If you have vision impairment, vision rehabilitation can teach you new ways to complete everyday tasks that have become difficult and help you remain independent, safe, and able to participate in activities that you enjoy.
Vision rehab is typically provided by a team that may include low-vision specialists, occupational therapists, mobility instructors, and experts in technologies. Many rehabilitation specialists make home visits and can help with anything from setting up your kitchen in a new, user-friendly way to teaching you how to travel safely.
Specialists can recommend assistive technology devices, including those that can help make reading easier, such as handheld magnifiers, high-powered reading glasses, reading telescopes that attach to glasses, and video magnifiers that can enlarge images on a computer screen.
Medicare may cover part or all of occupational therapy as long as it is prescribed by a doctor and provided by a Medicare-approved provider. For information about eligibility, call 1-800-MEDICARE or 1-800-633-4227.
This article first appeared in the November 2019 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.