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 following services:
All people with Diabetes who are over 12 years old should receive regular eye screenings. Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading causes of vision loss in Canada and is the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness among adults younger than 75. Research has shown that early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care can reduce the risk of vision loss by 95 per cent.
VLRC has developed a Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program in partnership with community organizations to provide screenings for Diabetic Retinopathy. It allows health care providers increased mobility to reach individuals in more remote locations. Digital photographs are taken of both retinas using a portable hand-held fundus camera. The images are uploaded into an automated Diabetic Retinopathy screening software, approved by Health Canada and a report is provided at point of care. Retinal imaging can occur as part of routine diabetic or health care appointments.
A referral is then made to Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada who will coordinate the required follow-up care with the client’s GP and/or appropriate eye care professional.
The Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program aims to reduce the risk of vision loss by the early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Currently these services are being offered in Ontario only. Click here for Diabetic Retinopathy Community Referral Form.
If you are outside of Ontario, please contact Josie McGee (Josie.McGee@vlrehab.ca).
If you have low vision, learning to use the sight you have left can be life-changing. Our certified specialists can:
Our certified specialists can help you build the skills you need to live safely and independently with vision loss. This may include helping you:
Learning to travel independently with vision loss is an essential skill. Our certified specialists can help you learn how to:
Counselling is critical to people coming to terms with their vision loss. Understanding and dealing with their emotions and accepting support and training will allow them to live independent, active lives.
Services may include:
Assistive Technology maximizes quality of life, post secondary education and employment opportunities through the latest adaptive and mainstream technology
Career & Employment Services offers a range of programs to help you gain the skills needed to find and maintain employment:
Vision Loss Rehabilitation Manitoba has occupational therapists that specialize in providing support to blind and partially sighted children and their families during the formative years from birth to age six.
Occupational therapists provide service directly in the child’s home, daycare or specially designed children’s rooms at Vision Loss Rehabilitation Manitoba. They use a multi-sensory approach to build confidence and teach specific skills to maximize each child’s learning style.
The Early Intervention Program opens the door to opportunity. Children develop self-help, motor, play, cognitive, sensory, and literacy skills and are encouraged to interact with peers.
Occupational therapists work closely with other partners and are involved in the transition from home, day-care or preschool into the school system and the work of special educators.