Hello, Dr. Ed Huggett here today.
I'm going to talk about some additional things I do and have available to me to help you with a vision impairment.
So let's take off from where we left off in the past.
So a person comes in to see me. They have a vision impairment due to some issue, macular degeneration, diabetes, whatever may be.
Referred to me by the retina specialist, maybe heard about us or looking at what vision a person has then.
And if I find out what you want to see with it, whether it's faces TV, you want to be able to see across the room.
You want to be able to read. You want to be able to crochet. See your computer.
If I know what vision you have and what you want to do with it, I know then what I need to do to make it better.
So how do I do that?
Well, we talked about optical devices in the past, but most people don't realize there's one other really valuable tool, critically valuable tool that I have.
If you've ever had physical therapy, you know, that physical therapy is rehab and rehab is done to regain some lost body function, usually after an injury or surgery or something to that effect.
Most people don't realize that most major medical insurances will actually pay for rehab vision rehab, lost vision. So if you've lost a vision, we can actually do some rehab to help with that loss vision.
And that's done by some orders.
I would write to an occupational therapist. Occupational therapist, specially trained in vision rehabilitation. And they actually, under my orders, would actually go to a person's residence where they live and do the things that I asked them to do to help a person with their vision.
So it deals with whatever device I would prescribe, helps them use it better. It makes it work better for them.
And not only that, occupational therapy will be my eyes and ears in that person's residence, their home to be able to see what other things that can be done possibly to help that person.
So they actually will go out into the person's home and report back to me say, Dr. Huggett yeah, this person needs this, or needs that, this will help him. And then we can prescribe some additional devices.
So it all boils down to keeping a person with a vision impairment, as independent, as possible, safe and operating in a much higher level. And occupational therapy, like I said, most major medical insurances cover the cost.
And most people, most eye doctors don't even know that that's available.
We've been using occupational therapy for a good 30 years or plus. So that's one of the other tools I use. And then with the occupational therapy, they'll look at fall prevention, things that can be done to help a person that'd be likely to fall, can adapt their environment to the person with the vision impairment.
They keep them safe and independent and happy. So that's it in a nutshell.
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