Vision Rehabilitation Program

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Vision Rehabilitation Program

The Vision Rehabilitation Program at the MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute at Long Beach Medical Center provides comprehensive rehabilitation to assist people with macular degeneration and other low vision conditions to make the most of their available eyesight. The program also can provide rehabilitation for patients with
stroke-related vision loss.

The Vision Rehabilitation Program can help patients in regaining functional independence through use of specialized equipment and/or strategies to help patients compensate for the difficulties they are experiencing since their injury.

The Vision Rehabilitation team consists of a licensed driving instructor, and occupational therapists with specialized training in vision, who tailor rehabilitation to each patient’s needs, interests and visual capabilities. The vision care team’s goal is to develop a plan of care that will seamlessly integrate into the patient’s everyday life and help make the most of their available eyesight.

The Vision Rehabilitation Program at Long Beach Medical Center has Two Distinct Areas of Focus: Neuro-Vision and Low Vision Rehabilitation

1. Neuro-Vision Clinic

Vision plays a significant role in balance, posture and movement. Getting back the freedom to drive requires specific visual skills, such as timing, visual scanning and visual awareness. The neuro-vision program is a specialized program that addresses many of these problems for those patients that have experienced a traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurological damage from a brain tumor, MS, Alzheimer’s and anoxic brain injury. Patients with double vision, problems reading, dizziness, and difficulty with mobility, may be candidates for treatment.

The neuro-vision rehabilitation team consists of occupational, physical and speech therapists along with the neuro-optometrist and physiatrist.

2. Low Vision Center

For those who experience vision loss as a result of other health conditions of the eye, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy, the low vision center may be right for them. Patients will be screened by an occupational therapist with advanced training in low vision using an extensive assessment.

Trained occupational therapists utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment – this may include a home visit to determine any modifications and/or adaptive equipment that may be needed to increase the patient’s safety and overall independence.

Treatment focuses on reducing the effects of visual impairments during daily activities including handwriting, reading and daily skills in the home and community. Patients experience an increase in vision, improved safety, function and independence.

Requirements for Admission:

• External candidates and clients will require a physician referral for occupational therapy evaluation and treatment.

• Internal candidates and clients will first require a vision assessment screening performed by the vision care team.

How to Refer

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (562) 933-9090.