Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan
Low Vision Clinic/Blind Rehab Clinic
The purpose of the Low Vision Clinic is to help Veterans with functional visual loss ranging from low vision to blindness regain independence through a healthcare service delivery system that provides a continuum of care. Services can include adjustment to vision loss, counseling, patient and family education, benefits analysis, comprehensive residential inpatient training (Hoptel) and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Rehabilitation services are individualized for Veterans based on their identified needs and goals. Assessment, training and case management are accomplished by a team of dedicated specialists along with the active participation of Veterans.
The Low Vision Clinic is comprised of a Low Vision Optometrist, Low Vision Therapist an Orientation and Mobility Specialist and a VIST Coordinator. The low vision doctor will provide a specialized eye examination and assist in maximizing remaining vision. This includes comprehensive clinical low vision exams, assessment and all levels of prescription optics, bi-optics and tints.
The low vision therapist provides a detailed evaluation identifying visual problems affecting activities of daily living and communication. Instruction can include training on adaptive equipment, adaptive kitchen skills, medication management, personal and home management and adaptive communication skills.
The certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist teaches travel techniques that can be used with the white cane during navigation of the environment. Training programs with specific goals are tailored to each individual. Lessons may include traveling safely in the home environment and outside in the community ,how to access and use public transportation and how to navigate the different environments.
The VIST Coordinator objectives are to identify and inform eligible Veterans about services and benefits to ensure that health care and rehabilitation services to these Veterans are made available and to help them cope with vision loss. VIST will provide an annual review that entails assessment of the Veteran’s adjustment to sight loss, current vision status, hearing and overall health condition. Appropriate referrals for services and training are completed to address their needs and aid in completing identified goals.
- Saginaw V.A. Medical Center, Building 22, Basement
- 989-497-2500 Ext. 11861
Hours of Operation
- Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm