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03/20/2014

Seeing Through Another Person's Eyes

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has identified low vision as an emerging practice field for occupational therapists.  Low vision includes any visual impairment that can not be corrected using glasses, contacts, surgery or medication.  These individuals must learn new strategies, compensation and adaption to maintain their saftey and quality of life. 

    In some of our classes we are required to move out of our comfort zone and role play a disability to get a better understanding of the impairment.  In our cognitive interventions lab, we were asked to put on glasses that simulate different low vision impairments and interact with our surroundings.  I put on diabetic retinapathy glasses that gave me a spotted, blurred picture.  We were asked to walk around campus and attempt to buy something to show how difficult a visual impairment can be.  This experience just showed me a small glimpse of what it is like to have low vision so I can better understand my patients when I am a working clinician. 

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Very neat!

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