Visual Impairment Services - Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

 

Visual Impairment Services

                         

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT SERVICES

 

What is VIS?

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Visual Impairment Services (VIS) Program helps legally blind and visually impaired Veterans manage vision loss. VIS objectives are to:

  • Restore Independence and Quality of Life
  • Assist in Adjustment & Rehabilitation in the home and community
  • Educate family, caregivers and other crucial partners

 Who May Benefit from VIS?

If a Veteran requires the assistance of another person or exhibits any of the following functional deficits due to vision loss, they may benefit from VIS:

  • Difficulty reading mail, newspaper, medication labels or other standard size print, even while using conventional glasses
  • Difficulty performing activities of daily living as a result of their visual impairment. This may include difficulty in: managing medications, dressing and grooming, cooking, using the phone, telling time, etc.
  • Diabetic Veterans who have difficulty seeing to measure their insulin or seeing to check their blood sugar
  • Veterans who have difficulty ambulating safely and independently as a result of blindness or visual impairment

 What is Offered?

  • Assessment of needs related to vision loss
  • Development of a comprehensive treatment plan to address identified needs
  • Eye Health & Low Vision Examinations
  • Magnifiers and Low Vision Aids for reading and other visual tasks
  • Adaptive Aids and Devices (talking watches/clocks, talking prescription readers, mobility/support canes, large number telephones, adaptive writing aids, and other equipment to overcome impairments associated with blindness and vision loss.)
  • Referral to Inpatient and Outpatient Blind Rehabilitation Centers
  • Computer Access Training Programs
  • Orientation & Mobility to teach safe travel skills
  • Vision Rehabilitation Therapy to teach daily independent living skills
  • Adjustment counseling for Veterans and their families/caregivers
  • Support Groups
  • Education on available benefits and services, both VA and community
  • Lifetime follow up and management of needs related to vision loss

Who is Eligible?

Any Veteran who meets the following criteria may be eligible. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please contact the VIS Coordinator to assist in determining eligibility.

  • Legally Blind (as determined by an optometrist/ophthalmologist) OR
  • Visually Impaired & who is eligible for VA health care

Referrals to VIS can be made by the Veteran,   family members, health care professional or other concerned individuals.

 

For more information please contact:

JENNIFER THROOP, M.S.CVRT
Visual Impairment Services Coordinator
570-824-3521 or 877-928-2621 x27464

 

 

 

Contact Info

Location

  • Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
    Eye Clinic, Room A3-36

Contact Number(s)

  • 570-824-3521 Ext. 27464
  • 877-928-2621 Ext. 27464

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm