Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio
Visual Impairment Services and Team (VIST)
The Dayton VA provides a range of care for blind and visually impaired Veterans with the VA Blind Rehabilitation Service and its Visual Impairment Service Teams (VIST). Training is provided through a variety of options such as outpatient and inpatient blind rehabilitation services along with outpatient low vision services. In the Dayton VA Advanced Outpatient Low Vision Clinic, Veterans are assisted with learning to use their remaining vision through variety of focal techniques which includes low vision aids.
Veterans are also assisted with learning techniques that help them perform tasks safely, such as preparing meals (cutting meats and vegetables, using the stove, pouring hot beverages).
In Orientation and Mobility, Veterans learn to get a bearing on where they are, find where they need to go and use good cane techniques to get there. These services can be accessed by referral to the VIST Coordinator. It is the VIST Coordinator's responsibility to ensure that all blind and visually impaired Veterans have access to and receive the maximum benefits and services they need, enabling the most successful adjustment to sight loss.
Additionally, VIST has support groups, an annual picnic and Thanksgiving dinner. VIST also sponsor and support a Blind Veterans Bowling Team.
Eligibility and How to Get Started
Ask your primary care doctor, specialist or other clinical staff member to make a referral to the VIST program.
Each Veteran may require an assessment and treatment plan to accommodate particular needs and accomplish individual goals and objectives.
6th Floor, 6C-102
- 937-268-6511 Ext. 5403/3514
Hours of Operation
Monday and Tuesdays, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
1st and 3rd Friday of each month, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm