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​​​​Vision loss rehabilitation therapy helps people with all types of vision loss to develop or restore key daily living skills, helping enhance their independence, safety and mobility. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals may refer you for this therapy as a part of your overall care plan. 

Vision loss rehabilitation therapy is provided by certified specialists, who will work with you to create a personalized rehabilitation plan to meet your needs and goals. ​

Your plan may include one or ​more of the follo​wing services:

Low vision services

If you have low vision, learning to use the sight you have left can be life-changing. Our certified specialists can:

  • Provide a functional vision assessment designed for people with low vision
  • Explain eye diseases and how they affect vision in an easy-to-understand way
  • Teach techniques for maximizing eyesight, like how to use lighting and contrast  
  • Give one-on-one instruction on helpful sight-enhancing devices, like specialty magnifiers 

Essential skills for daily living

Our certified specialists can help you build the skills you need to live safely and independently with vision loss. This may include helping you: 

  • Learn safe methods of pouring a cup of coffee, preparing a meal and using household appliances
  • Discover simple techniques for labelling medications, identifying money, using the phone and organizing household items
  • Learn how to use large-print, braille and audio products, and adaptive technology as a part of day-to-day life
  • Find community programs, financial subsidies and other helpful resources available in your local area   ​

Travel and mobility instruction

Learning to travel independently with vision loss is an essential skill. Our certified specialists can help you learn ​how to:

  • Use the guiding techniques: comfortable way to walk with a sighted person, the ability to use remaining vision and other senses to travel
  • Use a white cane and other mobility tools
  • Find and cross intersections
  • Ride public transit with confidence to reach community resources like the grocery store, bank or shopping mall
  • Navigate new environments like a workplace or school campus

Early Intervention Vision Services

Low vision and blindness can limit a child's incidental learning and development.  Our Early Interventionists work with children, families and community partners to address concerns and support success in the early years.

  • We assist families in understanding their child's vision or blindness and functional implications.
  • We assist families in identifying specialized services, resource information and materials, as well as facilitating opportunities for counselling and contact with other families.
  • We look to address concerns that may relate to: socialization, mobility, play skills, communication, literacy and sensory awareness.
  • Support is provided relating to transitions in community activities, daycare, preschool and school settings.