New Low Vision Tool!
I am so excited to share that I will be receiving a new low vision tool! I will be getting a pair of telescope mounted spectacles. This is a 6x telescope mounted on a pair of glasses. This allows me to have a hands free way of using a monocular to increase my distance viewing! The company who makes these is Ocutech Inc. I am excited to have these for both work and use in the community. It will make me more efficient for doing observations in a variety of school environments. It will make me faster at my job. These will also be helpful in the community for reading signs, walk signals, and for concerts and reading menus.
Once neat fact about these telescope mounted spectacles is that individuals with low vision in Oregon can be licensed to drive if they meet specific requirements using these devices. They must go through specific training and take a special test to prove competency.
I am not intending to use these glasses for driving, just for general distance viewing.
As an occupational therapist with a strong interest in low vision rehabilitation, if I work as a low vision OT, part of my job would be to train clients in efficient use of these glasses in preparation for driver training.
A basic training protocol to teach in preparation for driver training would consist of task analysis and grading, such as:
- Demonstrate basic understanding of the bioptic function
- Demonstrate the ability to spot through the bioptic by aligning the bioptic with the target and spotting through it.
- Demonstrate the ability to return gaze from the bioptic to carrier lens in a smooth and efficient fashion.
- Demonstrate good horizontal and vertical scanning technique.
- Spot and identify the characteristics of stationary targets of varying size and
- distance from a stationary position
- Spot, identify, and track moving targets of varying size and distance from a stationary position.
- Spot and identify stationary targets of varying size and distance while moving.
- Spot and track moving targets of varying size and distance while moving as a passenger in a car, bus, or other vehicle.
The important thing is that you start with easier to harder tasks, such as start with user stationary, target stationary; user stationary, target moving; user moving as passenger, then driver; target stationary; and user moving as passenger, then driver; target moving.
I am so fascinated by low vision OT and hope to be able to practice in this setting one day!
Here is a link to the website for Ocutech Inc if you want to learn more about their various products. https://www.ocutech.com