Loss of sight, whether through illness or injury, creates a host of uncertainties. In addition to the vision loss, people facing blindness also can feel they are losing their sense of independence. Employment, hobbies, and personal relationships can all be impacted.
Veterans do not have to face vision loss alone. The Department of Veterans Affairs is a leader in Blind Rehabilitation, and offers both residential and outpatient services to help veterans develop personal independence along with reintegration into their families and communities.
VA Connecticut Healthcare System is home to the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Service. This program provides comprehensive Blind Rehabilitation services in a 32-bed inpatient facility located at the West Haven Campus.
More than 200 veterans off all ages and eras of service participate annually in this program. All are legally blind, with more than three-quarters having useable vision. The program offers personalized adjustment programs in a therapeutic atmosphere where privacy, dignity, personal values and emotional needs are recognized and respected.
For more information, please contact the Visual Impairment Service Team Coordinator at 203.932.5711 Extension 3407 or the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center at Extension 2175.