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Low vision is the 3rd leading cause of disability in the elderly. It is a condition that primarily affects older adults. Low vision is caused by macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. There is no cure and in most cases vision loss is permanent. Low vision is a visual impairment severe enough to limit ability to complete daily living activities. Occupational therapy focuses on enabling a person to safely and independently complete daily tasks that are compromised by vision loss.
This is accomplished by teaching a person to use remaining vision as efficiently as possible to complete activities, modifying activities so they can be completed with less vision and training in the use of adaptive equipment to compensate for vision loss.
For more information regarding Low Vision contact the Occupational Therapy Department at SAMC 334-793-8161.
SAMC offers a variety of outpatient rehabilitation services performed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and prosthetists/orthotists. Rehab services include rehabilitation for neurological and orthopedic problems, pediatrics, lymphedema care, low vision, ADL retraining, urinary incontinence, functional capacity evaluations, vestibular disorders, pain management, bariatric wellness, arthritis, swallowing, feeding and cognitive re-training.
SAMC's outpatient rehabilitation facility is located at 1480 Ross Clark Circle, approximately one mile south of the medical center.
SAMC offers an intensive acute inpatient rehabilitation program to help patients regain independence to attain the goal of returning home. Inpatient rehabilitation requires the coordinated efforts of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists for patients receiving 24-hour coverage by clinical staff skilled in medical rehabilitation.
The inpatient rehab team helps each patient establish goals for more independent living including improved mobility, self-care and speech skills. Team conferences are held weekly to share progress, concerns and update treatment goals. In addition, patient and family/caregiver education is provided on an ongoing basis.