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Published on July 17, 2015

Saint Mary’s Outpatient Rehabilitation and Lions Low Vision Center Have Convenient, New East Main Street Location

WATERBURY, Conn. (July 17, 2015) ─ Saint Mary’s Physical and Occupational Therapy services and the Lions Low Vision Center at Saint Mary’s Hospital are now conveniently located at 1981 East Main Street in Waterbury. Services include physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as low vision therapy.

Saint Mary’s experienced physical therapy team offers individualized care to help relieve chronic and acute pain, including low back pain, and help patients recover from accidents, sports-related injuries, hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgery. Gait therapy is available to help patients with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. The center offers vestibular therapy to help patients who suffer from dizziness, lightheadedness, vertigo, unsteadiness or motion sensitivity, and occupational therapy for conditions including carpel tunnel syndrome and low vision.

Saint Mary’s Hospital has partnered with the Lions Club International since 2013 to help those affected by low vision, which is defined as a degree of vision loss that cannot be corrected by eyeglasses, contacts, medicine or surgery.

According to the Lions Club, low vision is the third most common impairment among people age 70 and older, and affects daily activities such as driving, reading a newspaper or watching TV, taking medications, balancing a checkbook or even crossing the street. Patients may have difficulty with their peripheral vision and seeing certain colors, as well as trouble adjusting to glare and changes in the level of light.

A variety of age-related disorders can cause low vision, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Low vision can be inherited, or caused by an eye or brain injury.

Patients who are referred to the Lions Low Vision Center at Saint Mary’s are evaluated by an occupational therapist who is specially trained in the treatment of low vision. Therapists collaborate with each patient’s eye care professional and provide treatment that focuses on helping them use their remaining vision to its fullest potential. This can be achieved with the use of adaptive equipment, or vision aids, which are provided to patients free of charge by the Lions Club. A physician referral is required.

To schedule an appointment for physical, occupational or speech therapy, or the Lions Low Vision Center at Saint Mary’s, please call 203-709-6232. The fax number is 203-709-7764.

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