VA Portland Health Care System
Low Vision Clinic at Portland VA Medical Center
Welcome to the Low Vision Clinic (LVC)
The purpose of the Low Vision Program is to improve the quality of life for all veterans who are visually impaired.
Low Vision services are now provided at four locations: the main Portland campus, the Vancouver campus, the Salem CBOC, and the Bend CBOC. When appropriate, services can also be provided via VA Video Connect.
What do comprehensive Low Vision Services include?
- Low Vision Optometry exam and evaluation
- Low Vision Therapy
- Orientation and Mobility Training
- Visual Impairment Service Team Coordination
Who is eligible for services?
Veterans eligible for healthcare through the VA Health Care System, who have significant or functional vision loss which is not correctable with contact lenses, surgery or glasses.
What does the service cost?
There is no charge for Low Vision Services for eligible Veterans.
What to expect?
- A phone appointment or written questionnaire to determine your needs and goals for services.
- An appointment with a Low Vision Optometrist to evaluate your vision and determine if additional training or devices may benefit you.
- One or more appointment/s with a Low Vision Therapist who will evaluate how your vision loss impacts your daily functioning and providing instruction in how to optimize the use of your remaining vision with optical devices, non-optical devices, assistive technology, and modifications to your home or work environment..
- Referral for Orientation and Mobility training, home follow up training, or to the Visual Impairment Service Team Coordinator as needed.
What can the Low Vision Clinic do to help?
If you struggle with your vision in any of the following areas:
- Reading newspapers, mail, medication instructions, restaurant menus, books, or store labels and prices
- Identifying money colors or telling the time
- Watching television and/or live events
- Identifying the setting of your stove, washing machine, microwave controls
- Viewing and using your computer, smart phone, or tablet
- Creating and working on crafts and hobbies
We may be able to help you with:
- Prescription reading glasses and magnifiers
- Distance vision products
- Improving lighting, reducing glare and increasing contrast
- Maximizing vision through therapy
- Daily living skills instruction i.e. food preparation, cooking and personal care
- Travelling independently i.e. avoiding obstacles, detecting stair and curbs, or using public transit
- Adjusting settings and teaching skills to make computers, tablets, and smart phones easier to see and use
|Low Vision Clinic Trifold brochure
||Low Vision Clinic Handbook
How do I make an appointment or ask questions?
Program Support Assistant (360) 905-1751
Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinator: (503) 402-2986
Certified Low Vision Therapist: (503) 220-3403
Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist: (360) 759-1654
Eye Clinic Phone tree: (503) 721-7890 extension #1
- Blind Rehabilitation Continuum of Care
- VA Blind Rehabilitation Service
- VHA Optometry Service
- Blinded Veterans Association (non VA)
- American Foundation for the Blind (non VA)
- American Council of the Blind
- National Federation of the Blind
- Vision Aware
Updated March 16, 2021
Hours of Operation
- Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm