The WSJ has recently reported on a very interesting study which looks at the activity levels of patients with impaired vision. The researchers found that people with impaired visual function look on average 26% less steps each day compared to someone with normal vision. Rehab programs do not stress the importance of physical activity with these patients, but this reduced physical activity is significant since it raise the risk of developing additional illnesses. It should be noted that any activities such as swimming or upper-body exercises were not included in this study.
Still, it does show the importance of preventing co-morbidity in patients with other long-term conditions through holistic rehab programs that take an in-depth look at the patien'ts life.
Read the article here (2nd article down).