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Low Vision Therapy Program

The Low Vision Therapy program at St Joseph Outpatient Therapy helps individuals who experience vision loss caused by diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or brain injury from CVA or TBI that cannot be helped by standard interventions, such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. This vision loss results in an impaired ability to perform work, leisure, or daily living activities.

St Joseph Occupational Therapists can perform a low vision examination that will detail the kinds and the quality of visual deficits afflicting a patient and how they are adapting to their vision loss.  Our therapists help individuals with low vision regain and maintain independent living skills by teaching compensatory methods and incorporating adaptive devices. Most clients experience an increased level of independence in just four to eight sessions.

St Joseph therapists address low vision as an independent diagnosis or in conjunction with other issues to ensure that patients achieve their maximum potential.  Our occupational therapists promote  people "aging in place" and using  their remaining functional vision to perform visually guided tasks.  St Joseph Low Vision Therapy program is led by an Occupational Therapist with a Specialty Certification in Low Vision (SCLV).  Less than 1% of Occupational Therapists have earned this specialty certification.

Low vision therapy can help you:

  • Evaluate vision loss that impacts reading.
  • Learn visual techniques that compensate for vision problems.
  • Evaluate your home to promote safety and independence.
  • Prevent accidents and injury.
  • Modify tasks or environment.
  • Learn to use advanced visual aids and adaptive equipment, such as magnifiers, talking watches and large print checks, books and telephones.

Low vision therapy is recommended for individuals who have trouble:

  • Managing diabetic equipment
  • Reading medicine bottle labels
  • Walking safely
  • Recognizing family and friends
  • Preparing meals
  • Writing checks
  • Enjoying hobbies
  • Watching television
  • Getting treatment for vision problems

Low vision therapy requires a physician referral. To obtain a referral, individuals may contact an ophthalmologist or primary care physician and discuss if they would benefit from this program.

Contact us today to learn more about St. Joseph Low Vision Therapy services!

St. Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
1600 Joseph Drive
Bryan, TX  77802
Phone: (979) 821-7567
Fax: (979) 821-7548

St. Joseph Therapy - Bellville
235 W. Palm St, Suite 111
Bellville, TX 
Phone: (979) 413-7330
Fax: (979) 413-7339

St. Joseph Therapy - Brenham
2106 South Market St.
Brenham, TX
Phone: (979) 830-7050
Fax: (979) 830-7052

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