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Vision Impairment Service Team

Visual Impairment Services Program

Louisville, VA Medical Center

Contact: Maurice W. Jeffries, MSW
VIST Coordinator (11C)
VA Medical Center
800 Zorn Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

I would like to introduce you to the Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Program at the Louisville VA Medical Center. As the coordinator, it is my responsibility to identify the legally blind veterans throughout the state of Kentucky and make referrals to community and VA programs.

VIST programs are part of the Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS) Program which was started by the VA in 1947. The rehabilitation program model designed by BRS is regarded as one of the finest in the world. The Louisville VA Medical Center VIST program is a community-based service designed to identify legally blind veterans, provide **front-line** diagnosis and treatment services, as well as referrals to Blind Rehabilitation Centers who provide comprehensive training in adjustment to sight loss.

Services offered by the VIST program are available to both service connected and non-service connected veterans who are legally blind. Legal blindness is defined as best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, or a visual field of 20 degrees or less in the better eye. VIST services include annual physical examinations (including lab, x-ray and EKG), ophthalmalogical and audiological evaluations, prosthetic and sensory aids reviews, Veterans Benefits Review and psychosocial assessments.

Blindness is a treatable condition and the VIST program provides an avenue for treatment. The Visual Impairment Services Team is composed of administrative and medical professionals who use a multi-disciplinary approach to assist legally blinded veterans in improving their quality of living and restoring normalcy to their lives.

By far, the biggest challenge ahead is identifying legally blinded veterans. Nationally it is estimated that there are over 93,000 legally blinded veterans, however only 27,000 have actually been identified. In Kentucky, only 387 legally blinded veterans have been identified when it is estimated that there are over 1,200 in the state.

We need your help in identifying and reaching the 900+, legally blinded veterans who do not know about our services. If you would like more information, write or call:

Maurice W. Jeffries, MSW
VIST Coordinator (11C)
VA Medical Center
800 Zorn Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206-1499
(502) 287-6883

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