Activities of Daily Living and Rehabilitation with Prosthetic Vision
Now that technology has the capability to provide ultra-low vision to individuals who are functionally blind, there is a recognized need for vision rehabilitation to become part of the process of adaptation. This chapter will present concepts of rehabilitation as they relate to prosthetic vision, describe approaches to evaluation and instruction, address issues related to measuring outcomes, and offer thoughts on the future of rehabilitation for individuals with prosthetic vision.
The purpose of this chapter is to describe the challenges and opportunities of prosthetic vision in the context of using such vision for activities of daily living and to propose rehabilitation techniques that could assist patients as they adapt and integrate prosthetic vision into their lives. The chapter will be divided into four sections: Concepts of Functional Vision and Rehabilitation, Evaluation and Intervention with Prosthetic Vision, Measuring Functional Outcomes, and The Future.
KeywordsVisual Acuity Mental Effort Form Perception Vision Rehabilitation Light Projection
Activities of daily living
Closed circuit television
Electronic travel aid
Orientation and mobility
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