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Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

 

Low Vision Clinic

VA has long been recognized as a leader in blind rehabilitation both in the United States and abroad. In 2007, the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center and VAs in Des Moines and Minneapolis were selected to provide expanded services to visually impaired Veterans. The Sioux Falls VA Low Vision Clinic has been seeing Veterans, who are not only legally blind but also those with low vision or functional vision loss, since fall 2008. We care for Veterans who have a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with ordinary glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Most often these people report having a disease process called macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. Typically patients come to our clinic reporting that they have difficulty performing a visual task such as reading the newspaper, identifying medications, or viewing television.

Low Vision Program Guide  Low Vision Tips  Low Vision Annual Report 2014
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What services are provided in the clinic?

  • Comprehensive eye examination
  • Magnifier or assistive technology prescription and training
  • Daily living skills training
  • Education about other VA, state, and local resources
  • Assessment of vocational needs
  • Support and adjustment counseling

Who do the patients see when they come to the clinic?

Our staff includes a specialized eye doctor, a low vision teacher, an occupational therapist, and a social worker.

What does the service cost?

This service is free to eligible Veterans.

Who can come to the clinic?

Veterans eligible for care at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.

How do you get an appointment?

If veterans are already participating in VA care, they can request their primary care provider or their VA eye doctor to consult the Low Vision Clinic. If they are not receiving VA care, they can contact their Veterans Service Officer, the VA Eligibility office, or our clinic social worker, Anna Perry, at 605-336-6891, Ext. 6891 or 1-800-316-8387, Ext. 6891. 

Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST): Read VIST Orientation

Download and print out the Application For Health Care Benefits.

For more information on the VA Low Vision Clinic, please visit the VA Blind Rehabilitation Services website.

Contact Info

Location

  • Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 605-333-6891
  • 800-316-8387 Ext. 9-6891

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm