Examples of Vision Rehabilitation Services that can be coordinated by doctors of optometry

Doctors of optometry can guage what types of treatment and professionals are needed, develop a treatment plan  and  coordinate Vision Rehabilitation Service. These services include:

Traumatic Brain Injury Services

  • Optometrists can provide services to sports teams, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers
  • Co-management of patients with rehabilitation professionals is very important with this population  

Hospital-Based Vision Rehabilitation Services

  • Optometrist provides care for acute services in-patient and outpatient services
  • Evaluations include oculomotor and binocular testing, as well as ocular health exams
  • Medical decision making and therapy orders are provided by the optometrist
  • Optometrist keeps the physiatrist and the rehabilitation team informed about the visual deficits affecting the rehabilitation of the patient  

Collaboration with other health care professionals in

  • Occupational therapy and physical therapy in outpatient rehabilitation centers  - Train new skills such as eccentric viewing modify tasks and environments
  • Low-vision specialists (Optometrists/Ophthalmologists specializing in Low vision) - Assesses the visual impairment and prescribes low vision devices to improve function
  • Orientation and mobility specialists - Trains patients to move around better
  • Social Workers - Finds solution to problems of social adjustment which they are unable to handle in a satisfactory way by their own
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors - Aids those with visual impairments overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining or returning to employment or other useful occupation
  • Retinal Specialists - Provides medical or surgical intervention of retinal disease
  • Certified Low Vision Therapists - Trains the use of low vision devices and adaptive equipment