Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks
Springfield, Missouri | http://www.vrco.org/home/
Sight is a precious gift that most of us take for granted, until we try to imagine life without it. For those with vision impairments, it is a reality that can affect independence and dignity, especially when there are a lack of specialized services and treatment to help patients deal with this traumatic life change.
Low Vision is a partial loss of sight. It is often a loss of visual acuity or sharpness, but may be a loss of side vision or extreme difficulty with light or glare. Low vision exists when these conditions cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery and interferes with normal activities of daily living. Low vision services do not cure the cause of low vision, nor do they replace the need for other concurrent treatments such as surgery or medical care, although they do maximize remaining vision.
Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks (VRCO) opened its doors in the fall of 2010. This innovative approach to delivery of care to visually impaired individuals provides a level of service that is currently unavailable in our region of the state. It will improve the health and quality of life to all its clients.
- Comprehensive clinical evaluation by an optometrist trained in low vision gets patients off to the right start.
- Treatment strategies that care for patients with a variety of visual needs from early childhood through adulthood.
- Specially-designed training facilities and experienced personnel help patients adjust to their vision loss in a comforting and safe environment.
- Emphasis on independent living skills, including teaching patients how to use aids for the visually impaired.
- A wide range of social services help patients find vital assistance programs
The purpose of VRCO's First Steps Program is to provide children with visual impairments age’s birth to three and their families with the initial supports to have a positive impact on development during the early childhood years. Some of the supports provided by VRCO's include:
- A home visit to collect information about the child and their family
- A Functional Vision Assessment to measure how the child uses their vision and what visual skills the child needs to develop further
- Monthly monitoring sessions with a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired
- Consultation provided to parents and other care providers
- Resources on the community, state, and national levels that are available to children and families