Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks provides people with vision loss the opportunity to live to their potential and have a more independent and better quality of life.
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. But now there is hope.
Our purpose and mission
The purpose of Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks (VRCO) is to support the needs of those in southwest Missouri experiencing vision loss by providing quality care and specialized services to people of all ages regardless of their ability to pay. We are dedicated to providing people with vision loss an opportunity to live to their potential and have a more independent life. Our mission is to be the Ozarks’ leader in improving the quality of life for people of all ages with vision impairments.
The Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks (VRCO) was established in 2010 as an independent, non-profit organization. It enjoys broad community support from the medical community, Missouri State University, Drury University, and community leaders.
In the summer of 2010, retired ophthalmologist Dr. Don Beisner and his wife Judy gifted VRCO with the Beisner Vision Rehabilitation Center. In this outstanding facility, we intend to build a comprehensive vision rehabilitation program that is second to none.
What VRCO offers
- 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.
- 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, and specially-designed programs for mobility training help patients gain independence faster.
- A wide range of social services help patients find vital assistance programs.
- VRCO hosts bi-monthly meetings in our facility to allow social networking along with disseminating information to those who are partially sighted or blind on a variety of topics.
- We are a referral source to the other agencies in our area including the Division on Aging and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, Missouri First Steps and the Wolfner Library in Jefferson City.