VICTORS- Visual Impairment Center to Optimize Remaining Sight - North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
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VICTORS- Visual Impairment Center to Optimize Remaining Sight

About the Program

The Visual Impairment Center to Optimize Remaining Sight (VICTORS) concept was developed by Veterans Health Administration Directors of Optometry, Blind Rehabilitation and Social Work Services to complement existing inpatient Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRCs) to care for Veterans with significant visual impairment (20/70 to 20/200 or worse visual acuity and/or significant visual field loss). The interdisciplinary VICTORS outpatient program represents a unique team approach to vision rehabilitation using the disciplines of optometry, ophthalmology, social work, psychology and low vision therapists. There are currently 4 VICTORS programs located in Kansas City, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; Northport, New York; and Lake City, Florida.

 

Services Offered

VICTORS provides rehabilitation through definitive medical diagnosis, functional vision evaluation, prescribing and training in use of low vision aids, counseling and follow-up. Frequently, other necessary patient care services (e.g., social work, psychology, audiology and ophthalmology) are provided at the local station.

Contact Information

For questions about the VICTORS program at the Lake City VA Medical Center, please contact Judy Hayes. Ms. Hayes may be reached at the following phone number: 386-755-3016, ext. 392088.

Detailed Information About VICTORS

VICTORS, the Visual Impairment Center to Optimize Remaining Sight, is an interdisciplinary outpatient program utilizing a team approach to vision rehabilitation. A team of ophthalmologists, optometrists, social workers, audiologists, and occupational therapists work to help veterans stay independent longer. With over 30 years of combined clinical experience in low vision, the VICTORS team has a caring, highly motivated approach to providing services.

The two day program provides a functional low vision examination including an ocular health exam and the evaluation of low vision devices. Following the exam, the veteran will receive training and rehabilitation on the devices prescribed as well as techniques for activities of daily living. The goal of the program is to teach the tools needed to function with vision loss early in their disease process. This helps veterans to adapt and cope with their progressive disease and be prepared to attend the Blind Rehabilitation Centers if they become legally blind.

Our mission is to help Veterans maximize their functional vision, increase independence, and to identify and meet their personal goals to improve their quality of life

Visual Rehabilitation

The 2 day program focuses on the ocular health examination, followed by a problem focused, goal oriented, low vision examination where optical devices are evaluated and prescribed based on the Veteran’s needs. Veterans then receive one-on-one rehabilitation using their low vision aids by therapists trained in low vision. Any additional referrals to other services are also made.

Who Can Attend?

Honorably discharged veterans enrolled for VA care with:

  • 20/50 or worse in the better sighted eye at distance or 20/60 or worse at near in the better sighted eye
  • Central vision loss not correctable with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery
    — or —
    Veterans with significant peripheral vision loss

Related Links

VA Blind Rehabilitation VICTORS Program

American Foundation for the Blind

Blinded Veterans Association

Talking Books

Contact Info

Location

  • Lake City VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 386-755-3016 Ext. 392088

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm