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 is a lack of specialized services and treatment to help patients deal with this traumatic life change. Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks (VRCO) provides hope to those in southwest Missouri experiencing vision loss by providing quality care and specialized services to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

The optometrists and occupational therapist at VRCO specialize in low vision and neurological based vision impairments services to people of all ages.

Services provided by the optometrists include:

  • 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.

Our occupational therapist performs evaluations to determine a person’s physical capabilities and the best way to administer a personalized rehabilitation program. The individualized rehabilitation program is the result of the doctors’ and the therapist’s findings. The Occupational therapist guides a person through rehabilitation techniques including training with assistive devices, performance enhancing activities and home or workplace modifications.