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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Visual Impairment Services Outpatient Rehabilitation
(VISOR) Program

Mission

To enhance the independence and quality of life for Veterans and Servicemembers experiencing vision loss through comprehensive and individualized rehabilitation programs in a therapeutic atmosphere.

Summary

VISOR uses a team approach to provide services. All services are based on a thorough assessment of the Veteran’s strengths, needs and personal goals.

Veterans and their families are encouraged to take an active role in their services by identifying personal goals and providing ongoing feedback regarding progress.

Services are primarily provided at the VISOR clinic, however, based on Veteran goals and needs some services may be provided in the community or at the Veteran’s home within a 50 mile radius of the VISOR Clinic.

Services Provided

Low vision optometry evaluation

• Provided by a licensed Optometrist, specializing in Low Vision  
• Assesses current eye conditions and level of visual functioning
• Prescribes glasses and other optical devices

Low vision therapy

• Provided by a Certified Low Vision Therapist
• Assesses and provides individualized training in the use of adaptive techniques and devices to promote independence in daily activities

Orientation and mobility (O&M):

• Provided by a Certified O&M Specialist
• Assess Veteran’s ability to maneuver safely and independently within the home and community
• Training may include:
     - Sighted guide techniques
     - Use of a white cane
     - Safe traveling in the community
     - Use of a talking GPS system
• Computer instruction:
     - Provided by an instructor who is versed in the area of
       adaptive technology
     - Assesses and provides training in the use of adaptive software that
       promotes independence in reading and writing with a computer

Eligibility

Veterans and Servicemembers who are eligible for VA Healthcare and experience one of the following:

• Legal blindness
• A decrease or change in vision that cannot be corrected with the use of standard glasses
• A change in vision resulting from a traumatic brain injury or stroke

Referral to VISOR

Veterans enrolled in VA Healthcare can be referred by another clinic or through their VIST Coordinator.  A Veteran who is not enrolled in VA Healthcare should visit our Become a Patient page for more information on enrolling.  
 
VISOR is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is closed on all federal holidays.

HOPTEL

The VISOR program offers a five day training program for Veterans who are unable to travel to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center for services for regularly scheduled appointments.

• Veterans are housed overnight in the Courtesy Quarters of the VA
• Veterans must be able to independently manage self-care, such as bathing, eating, dressing and grooming
• Veterans must be independent in managing medications
• If needed, a caregiver may accompany the Veteran and reside in the same room

For more information in taking part in the HOPTEL program please call the VISOR program or contact the VIST Coordinator at any VA Medical Center.
 
For More information please call the VISOR program at (713)794-7532.

Contact Info

Location

  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
    Building 108 - Gym

Contact Number(s)

  • 713-794-7532

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.