The Gift of Sight

You don't know what you've got until it's gone. VRCO provides people with significant vision impairment the ability to see more clearly with a range of devices and technologies. With your help, we can help those in the Ozarks who are impacted by vision loss!

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$10.00 Level

16 Supporters

A $10.00 donation goes toward low vision specialty items like strong reading glasses, bold lined writing paper, talking clocks, or large print measuring cups.


$100.00 Level

14 Supporters

A $100.00 donation goes toward a complete low vision evaluation, specialized testing, a First Steps vision evaluation for babies, computer software for low vision, or lighted handheld magnifiers.


$1,000.00 Level

3 Supporters

A $1,000.00 donation goes toward electronic handheld magnifiers, specialty contact lenses, or vision therapy sessions for people with brain injuries.


$5,000.00 Level

1 Supporter

A $5000.00 donation goes toward electronic reading glasses and other wearable devices, electronic desktop magnifiers, a month of operational costs, or online vision therapy software.

Project Overview

This project will allow Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks to continue to provide low vision servcies to people of all ages regardless of their ability to pay. 

VRCO helps everyone from newborns to seniors by helping them overcome the challenges of vision loss by utilizing new devices and technologies.

Each dollar donated will go toward exam services, magnifiers, other low vision devices, specialized testing, and operating costs so our office can continue to provide these goods and services to those in need.

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About Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks

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

Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks

http://www.vrco.org/home/

Springfield, Missouri
4173001260
ccoiner@vrco.org