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Last post 01-20-2017, 5:52 AM by dhoni jadeja. 13 replies.
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  •  11-07-2007, 7:09 AM

    Vision therapy

    Is there any programs that OT's can take to be certified in vision therapy?
  •  11-21-2007, 12:40 PM

    Re: Vision therapy

    I am interested in courses to further develop my skills in this area. Any ideas? had not thought about certification as an option....hmmm.

  •  11-21-2007, 8:41 PM

    Re: Vision therapy

    Of course, OT's can take courses via the internet, seminars, or , so I've heard - some optometry schools/colleges. A good start is with MitchelL Scheiman's book and course, - His wife is an OT.  AOTA offers a low vision for adults on-line course and two books Functional Vision for Adults/ and another for Children.  Another resource is -

    Linda M. Hetue, OTR/L
    Shenzhen China
    Hull, MA
  •  11-21-2007, 10:16 PM

    Re: Vision therapy

    I've looked into the certificate program at UAB.  I thought it looked good.
  •  11-22-2007, 1:53 PM

    Re: Vision therapy

    I would reccomend finding a mentor in this field. Up until a few weeks ago I was working at the Jewish Guild for the Blind in NYC. You can get on the or American Academy of Optometry list-serv. The Jewish Guild, Lighthouse, and AOTA offer distance learning and onsite- continuing ed classes, in addition to a great selection at the national conference.

    Another thought is the type of vision therapy you are most interested in. I worked with adults with a variety of visual impairments (Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Retinitis Pigmentosa). Focus was on training with low vision devices, techniques, and ADL's. I found this field to be rewarding because of the quick progess the patients made and the creativity of the treatments.

    Neuro-visual rehab is another field focusing on CVA and TBI, using prism glasses and different types of equipment. Rusk and SUNY Optometry specialize in this type of rehab.

    Vision therapy with peds is another field. Common conditions are strabismus, visual attention, learning disabilities. Barbara Bassin and Dr Stan Applebaum work together in a pediatric practice in MD.

    Hope this helps! If you have any more questions please email

  •  11-23-2007, 7:48 AM

    Re: Vision therapy

    Unless things have changed over the years a vision therapist had to have been employed by a behavioral optometrist in order to take the courses for becoming a trained vision therapist and to keep the certification. You can contact the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in Santa Ana California and I am sure they caen provide you with the most current information re: courses.  Good Luck,  June
  •  11-26-2007, 5:05 PM

    Re: Vision therapy

    I practice low vision, and I took exam to become certified low vision therapist (CLVT).  I think it helps to increase your compentency in optics, optical aides, etc.  You can receive information on it at

    I also agree about Mitchell Scheiman's book.  It is very good and has a lot of great information.  I also attended one of his workshops when I first started out in low vision.  UAB also provides a graduate course, but you do not receive any additional credentials.  But looks like a very good course as well.

  •  01-26-2008, 10:12 PM

    Re: Vision therapy

    i can name 2, although it's not just "vision" but as a certified low vision therapist.

    the one below is non-aota certification but you will be certified as low vision therapist.

    then, another one is aota certified low vision specialist.

    a specialty certification in low vision - visit aota for info.

    you might want to attend ceu's regarding low vision like one by mary warren (in my opinion, the "guru" of low vision and she's an OT as well). i attended her seminar and it was worth it....i can't agree more with the low vision for OT by Scheiman - i brought it with me during my mary warren seminar and it was like a walk through and my supplemental reference when mary was lecturing.

     hope these help  :-) 



  •  02-04-2008, 4:17 PM

    Re: Vision therapy

    I am in the process of finishing a certificate program before taking the test to become a Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT).   This is a field that is certified by ACVREP (Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Educational Professionals).  Other fields certified by this organization are COMS (Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist) and CVRT (Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist).  For more information, the web site is:   Be careful not to confuse low vision therapy with vision therapy.  The low vision therapist works with people with low vision, teaches the use of devices to maximize remaining vision, technology, environmental factors, etc. 

     As I understand it, the vision therapist works more in the developmental realm, concentrating on vision re-training and has to work in an ophthalmologists office.   There is a test that  one takes in order to become a COVTT (Certified Optometric Vision Therapy Technician).  The book I am referring to for this information was written in 1997, therefore more up to date information may be available.  The college that is mentioned is the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), P.O. Box 285, Chula Vista, CA 91912.  The book I am getting this information from is: Gentile, M. (1997) Functional visual behavior: A therapist's guide to evaluation and treatment options.Bethesda, MD:The American Occupational Therapy Association.

    By the way... if there are any CLVT's out there who are also OT's, I'd love to brainstorm with you!

  •  08-27-2009, 10:02 AM

    Re: Vision therapy

    Hi Kim,

    I hope you will receive this email since I am responding to an old post!  I am an OT working in a low vision clinic (at ABVI-Goodwill in Rochester, NY), and I would like to become a CLVT.  (I have 4+ yrs prior experience in pediatrics and adult rehab.)  I am looking for a CLVT supervisor, and I'm wondering if you would be interested in being an offsite supervisor?  I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to collaborate!  I have access to physician supervision for the certification, but there are not any local CLVTs.  If you are currently unable to commit to a CLVT supervisor role, do you have any contacts who you think would be interested?  


    Kathryn Olson

  •  05-08-2015, 5:15 PM

    Re: Vision therapy

    Hi Debi,

     are you practicing low vision in Bakersfield?


  •  02-10-2016, 2:02 AM

    Re: Vision therapy

    My sister adopted son a year ago and he received vision therapy for a 6 month period. I find this topic very interesting and I wish I could do more as an OT. Jon does exhibit significant saccadic movements, which significantly impacts his reading. The Vantage Reading program looks very interesting. I am also learning about the Davis Dyslexia program. I realize they are both very different things, but they seem to go hand-in-hand and they both impact handwriting as well!

    sukhbir singh badal
  •  05-30-2016, 6:35 AM

    Re: Vision therapy

    great post
  •  01-20-2017, 5:52 AM

    Re: Vision therapy

    thanks for providing me information about vision therapy.


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