VisionWorks is a comprehensive, low-vision rehabilitation program. We provide elderly residents of Sangamon and surrounding counties with comprehensive low vision evaluation, treatment intervention, education and adaptive device training. We help improve vision to increase independent living abilities, safety and quality of life for people who have vision loss.

Low vision is typically defined as a vision loss severe enough to interfere with the ability to perform everyday tasks and activities. Low vision cannot be corrected to normal by conventional eyeglasses, contacts or surgical intervention. The incidence of vision loss resulting from eye disease steadily increases with advancing age, especially for those Americans over 65 years. Age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract, and diabetic retinopathy are identified as the most common eye diseases in older Americans, often leading to vision loss and blindness.

Our team includes ophthalmologists and optometrists, physical and occupational therapists, low vision therapists, clinical social workers, healthcare psychologists and orientation and mobility Specialists. We work together to:

  • Assess a patient's clinical acuity and functional use of remaining vision
  • Match treatment options to patient's personal goals
  • Prescribe appropriate optical and non-optical devices
  • Provide instruction and training on use of new strategies and tools
  • Offer support and counsel on adjusting to vision loss
  • Help patients identify available resources

Either your ophthalmologist or optometrist can refer you to VisionWorks for occupational or physical therapy evaluation and treatment.