Occupational Therapy for Degenerative Eye Conditions

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with degenerative eye conditions. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with degenerative eye conditions?

Occupational therapy can be highly beneficial for people with degenerative eye conditions in several ways:

1. Enhancing visual skills:

Occupational therapists can help patients improve their visual skills, such as visual tracking, focusing, depth perception, and peripheral vision. These interventions can help individuals with degenerative eye conditions maximize their remaining vision and make the most of their visual abilities.

2. Enhancing functional abilities:

Occupational therapists can collaborate with individuals to identify their daily functional challenges and develop strategies to overcome them. They can teach compensatory techniques, such as using high contrast materials, lighting modifications, magnification devices, or adaptive equipment to improve engagement in daily activities, such as reading, writing, cooking, and self-care tasks.

3. Enhancing adaptive strategies:

Occupational therapists can help individuals with degenerative eye conditions adapt to their changing visual abilities. They can teach new ways of performing tasks, utilizing auditory or tactile cues, improving organization and memory strategies, and simplifying the environment to decrease visual distractions.

4. Promoting independence and safety:

Occupational therapists work towards promoting independence and safety for individuals with degenerative eye conditions. They provide training in orientation and mobility, teaching techniques to navigate their environment safely, using protective measures to prevent accidents, and modifying home or workplace environments to reduce hazards.

5. Emotional support and coping strategies:

Occupational therapists recognize the emotional impact of degenerative eye conditions and can provide support and coping strategies to individuals and their families. They may also facilitate support groups or refer individuals to vision rehabilitation programs or low-vision clinics to address psychosocial needs.

Overall, occupational therapy plays a vital role in enhancing the quality of life for individuals with degenerative eye conditions by addressing their visual, functional, and emotional needs and empowering them to engage in meaningful activities.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with degenerative eye conditions. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for degenerative eye conditions

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with degenerative eye conditions in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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