If you're one of the visually impaired veterans, you have rehabilitation and financial help available to you. It doesn’t matter if you have partial vision or you’re suffering from low vision, the Veterans Health Administration, via the Veterans Optometry Service, offers numerous services to low vision vets.
Low vision has a big impact on anyone and it can affect your ability to do those normal everyday tasks that you were once used to completing by yourself. For some veterans, the following can be next to impossible to complete with low vision:
The VA understands the needs of the visually impaired veterans. That is why they give access to assistive technology that helps veterans function easier with their low vision. These assistive technologies and devices include:
There are low vision care services available for veterans as well. Through the VHA you can receive:
There is financial assistance for veterans with low vision. From assistive technology grants to other private sources of funding, you do not have to worry about a financial burden just because of your low vision diagnosis.
Low Vision Technologies recommends the ZoomReader app for all veterans with low vision. This app uses your smartphone’s built-in camera and acts like a magnifier to help you read print or even look at the computer screen. You can find this app through Low Vision Technologies today here.
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Once all needs are assessed and it’s determined what type of low vision devices a veteran needs, then financial assistance is available.
A specific set of criteria must be met before a veteran is provided the device(s) needed:
Each device is prescribed through an inpatient or outpatient program and training is provided to the veteran.
As a person who has lived with low vision for over 25 years, I’m passionate about helping others like us learn about and gain access to high tech low vision devices.
Today, through the use of top-notch computer talking software, magnification programs and Apple applications, we all have the ability to improve our day-to-day lives as we learn to become more independent than ever before.
If you’d like to learn more about low vision technology, I encourage you to fill out the form below for more information.