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 Rehabilitation Vision Program

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Rehabilitation Vision Program offers rehabilitation services to those affected by vision loss or impairment. Our services include a variety of tools and techniques to help you reach the highest level of function and well-being.

Our Patients

We treat patients experiencing:

Low vision

  • A visual impairment that is not correctable by standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery
  • Visual impairments as a result of:
    • Aging
    • Cataracts (a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision)
    • Macular degeneration (a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys vision)
    • Diabetes (a lifelong disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood)
    • Glaucoma (a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, which carries visual information from the eye to the brain)

Neurological vision impairment

  • Vision affected as a result of a stroke, brain injury or illness
  • Type and severity of vision loss depends on areas of the brain affected and to what degree

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • We use an innovative rehabilitative team approach to meet your physical and emotional needs resulting from vision impairment.
  • We teach you the necessary skills and techniques you need to improve your abilities at work, home and social settings.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services to help in each phase of your rehabilitation — from services offered in the hospital (known as inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (known as outpatient services). These services offer a continuum of care to help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following a physician's referral, your rehabilitation may include:

  • Functional improvement
    • Suggestions for modifying your home, work and daily routines
    • Vision components — clearness, visual field, contrast sensitivity, glare reaction time
  • Vision screening by occupational therapist or review of recent vision evaluation
    • Video and computer technology — screen enhancement or magnification, closed circuit TV
    • Nonoptical strategies — working at closer distances, using natural light, large-print books
    • Optical devices — prescription magnifiers, reading glasses, telescopes

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients' ability to complete activities of daily living)
  • Social workers (specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients)

Care Locations

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