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Low Vision Therapists

ACVREP describes low vision therapists as professionals who "develop and conduct a functional assessment of visual abilities for everyday tasks that are important to the individual with low vision."

These tasks include:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Moving through space
  • Grooming
  • Watching television
  • Cooking, cleaning, household repair
  • Finding lost objects
  • Other visually demanding tasks

Low vision therapists also provide instruction in accordance with a functional assessment. Information considered comes from:

  • A clinical (optometric) low vision examination
  • Assessment of the individual's functional visual abilities
  • Assessment of the environment in which vision will be used

Low vision professionals serve as members of interdisciplinary teams. They work with optometrists and other professionals in schools; university, hospital, and rehabilitation centers; nursing homes; and day care centers.

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