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Vision loss is a condition that impacts every aspect of a person's life. It impacts one's ability to perform everyday activities, socially interact with others, access community services/programs, and more.
A person with vision loss may experience difficulty performing daily living skills such as reading mail, paying bills, identifying canned goods, and crossing the street. These tasks become more difficult as vision decreases.
The Visual Impairment Services program is designed to improve quality of life by restoring the participants to as independent a life as possible and help the patient's family members as well.
Visual Impairment Services Team
Provides a comprehensive program of services for eligible, legally blind Veterans. These services include:
Complete eye exam
Physical exam with referral to specialists as appropriate
Counseling for Veterans and families
Annual benefits review
Low vision aids and devices if eiligible
Referrals for VA Blind Rehabilitation Center programs
Introduction to community resources such as Talking Books
Low vision support group
Blind and Low Vision Veterans Support Group newsletter
To improve Veteran's quality of life through a holistic approach to Blind Rehabilitation that includes case management and education
To inform Veterans about available benefits through the Department of Veteran's Affairs
Providing counseling, services, and referrals to assist the Veteran to vision loss
Blind Rehabilitation Programs
Training is offered in:
Daily living skills
Orientation and mobility
Low vision and blindness technology
Computer access training
No Copays or Deductibles
Veterans who are legally blind are exempt from copays for inpatient and outpatient medical treatment, VIST services, as well as for medications. If you or a loved one are a legally blind Veteran and are still paying a copay, please contact the VIST Coordinator to discuss your care.
To be eligible for services through the VIST program, a Veteran must:
Have an honorable discharge from the military
Be eligible for VA Healthcare Benefits
Be legally blind or have low vision (these diagnoses are made by an eye doctor)
A Veteran's vision loss does NOT have to be service connected
Referrals to the VIST program can be made by anyone. To enroll in the VIST program contact the Optometry Departement at (740) 773-1141 ext. 6762.