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Decreased Depression With Increased Independence
February 19, 2020

Decreased Depression With Increased Independence

It's no surprise that along with the loss of being able to perform hobbies or everyday living activities comes feelings of depression. Asking others to shop, cook, pay bills or drive is difficult and often leads to sadness and a sense of hopelessness that one's situation is never going to get better.

A recent study published by Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science discovered that through occupational therapy intervention one could impact the participant's level of depression. All patients in the study received a low vision evaluation and training in the office.

The participants were then split into two groups. One group received verbal support in dealing with their vision loss with no practical training while the other group received in home sessions with an occupational therapist.

During the in-home visits patients learned how to pour coffee or milk without spilling, how to manage their bills and checkbook, and how to perform other daily tasks without assistance. Both groups were re-evaluated after four months.

Not surprisingly those that received the in-home visits performed every day activities better and more independently than those who did not have home visits. Along with improved independence, the study found participants' moods were improved as well. Find out other ways that you can benefit from low vision occupational therapy and how to locate one in your state:

How Low Vision Occupational Therapy Can Help You

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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