VisionWorks is a comprehensive, low vision rehabilitation program that offers a multi-disciplinary team approach to patient-centered care.
The mission of VisionWorks is to improve the ocular health and visual function of the people and communities we serve. Our goal is to enhance the use of functional vision in order to maximize independent living abilities, safety and quality of life of persons in our community who incur vision loss.
Low vision professionals include Ophthalmologists and Optometrists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Low Vision Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Healthcare Psychologists and Orientation and Mobility Specialists. These professionals work collaboratively 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.
- Share resources, and most importantly.
- Provide hope.
What is low vision?
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. It represents a major unrecognized health crisis. Low vision is a progressive condition that increases in incidence and severity as we age.
Who is impacted by loss of vision?
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.
The incidence of stroke and associated loss of vision and perceptual deficit also increase with advancing age. Approximately 700,000 Americans annually suffer from stroke with 30% of survivors presenting with residual visual deficits.
How can VisionWorks help?
Patterned after nationally recognized models, and as part of Memorial's extraordinary rehabilitation services, VisionWorks provides elderly residents of Sangamon and surrounding counties with comprehensive low vision evaluation, treatment intervention, education, and adaptive device training.
We work with you to facilitate successful reintegration to your home, community, work and volunteer environments.
How can I obtain referrals for low vision rehabilitation services?
Your Ophthalmologist will likely refer you to an Optometrist for evaluation of functional vision and prescription of optical devices.
Either the Ophthalmologist or Optometrist can refer you to VisionWorks for Occupational or Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment.