An initial appointment is required to access services offered by Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks. Please call our office at 417-831-0555, Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists. We are closed Fridays. We have appointments available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Who should attend the appointment?

A spouse, relative, or friend is always welcome to accompany you during your evaluation.

Preparing for you appointment

On your initial visit allow for a 60-minute consultation with the optometrist and a 30-minute consultation with the occupational therapist. Be prepared to discuss your vision while participating in the following activities:

  • Reading newspapers, magazines, or books
  • Watching TV
  • Spotting street signs
  • Reading price tags, menus, medicine bottles
  • Seeing oven dials and settings
  • Recognizing faces
  • Driving

What should you bring with you to the appointment?

Please bring any eyeglasses, sunglasses, or magnifiers that you are presently using. In addition, bring examples or the tasks that you are having difficulty accomplishing. For example, if you are having a difficulty reading a particular book, bring that book with you to the appointment.

Eye health history

You must have had an eye health examination and refraction within the last year before a low vision evaluation is performed. We have enclosed a records release that needs to be signed by you. This release should be returned to our office so we may request your medical records. We will need this information before your appointment. If you do not have a regular eye doctor, we can perform this service and then schedule the evaluation.

The optometrists and occupational therapist at Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks (VRCO) specialize in low vision and neurological based vision impairment services to people of all ages. The receptionist will ask to you some basic questions to determine which optometrist to schedule you with.

Optometry services

  • Comprehensive evaluation by optometrists specializing in low vision and neurological based vision damage
  • Treatment strategies that care for people with a variety of visual needs
  • Specially designed training facilities and experienced personnel help people adjust to their vision loss in a comforting and safe environment
  • Referral to the VRCO occupational therapist

Occupational therapy services

  • Performs evaluations determining a person’s physical capabilities and the best way to administer a personalized rehabilitation program
  • Emphasis on independent living skills, including teaching people with vision loss how to use aids for the visually impaired
  • Guides a person through rehabilitation techniques including training with assistive devices, low vision aids, performance enhancing activities and home or workplace modifications

Insurance coverage

The optometrists at VRCO are listed as a “specialist” with insurance companies. Please refer to the specialist co-pay rate on your insurance card. Medicare usually covers the consultation.

There may be a $50.00 refraction fee that is not covered by your insurance. People who have vision problems should have a refraction test every two to three years to determine if a new prescription is needed. The refraction test can also help the eye doctor determine if the person suffers from the following: ulcers or infections of cornea, detached retina, damaged retina, macular degeneration or blockage of blood flow to the retina.

The rates for occupational therapy will be based on the coverage allowed by your insurance company.

Unfortunately, none of the low vision devices (magnifiers, readers, canes, etc.) are covered. Rehabilitation Services for the Blind is a government agency that may cover these devices if certain criteria are met. For more information, please discuss with us during your appointment.

Fees will be collected at the time of service.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 417-831-0555. We look forward to seeing you soon!