Low Vision Rehab Clinic - Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center
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Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center


Low Vision Rehab Clinic

The VA has long been recognized as a leader in blind rehabilitation both in the United States and abroad. In 2008, the VA expanded services to visually impaired Veterans. The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center has a Low Vision Rehab Clinic, which has been seeing Veterans, who are not only legally blind, but also those with low vision or functional vision loss. We care for Veterans who have a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with ordinary glasses, contact lenses or surgery. Most often, these people report having a disease process called macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. Typically, patients come to our clinic reporting that they have difficulty performing a visual task such as reading the newspaper, identifying medications, or viewing television.

What services are provided in the clinic?

• Comprehensive eye examination
• Magnifier or assistive technology prescription and training
• Offering solutions for completing activities of daily living (ADL)
• Support and adjustment counseling
• Education about other VA, state, and local resources

Who do the patients see when they come to the clinic?
Our staff includes a Licensed and specialized Low Vision Optometrist, a Certified Low Vision Therapist, a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist and an Optometry Technician, as well as a VIST (Visual Impairment Services Team) Coordinator.

What does the service cost?
There is no charge for Low Vision Services for eligible Veterans.

Who can come to the clinic?
Veterans eligible for healthcare through the VA Health Care System.

How do you get an appointment?
If Veterans are already participating in VA care, they can request their primary care provider or their VA eye doctor consult the Dole VA Low Vision Clinic. If they are not receiving VA care, they can contact the VA Eligibility office at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). An Application for Health Care Benefits can also be obtained from the VA Health Care System website eligibility section.
For more information about the VA Low Vision Clinics, please visit the Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS).

Blind & Visually Impaired Veterans

The VIST Coordinator is a case manager who has major responsibility for the coordination of all services for legally blind Veterans and their families. Duties include providing and/or arranging for the provision of appropriate treatment modalities, i.e. referrals to VA Blind Rehabilitation Centers and/or other services in order to enhance a blinded Veteran's functioning level. Other duties include identifying new cases of blindness, providing professional counseling, resolving problems, arranging annual health care reviews and conducting education programs related to blindness. For more information on eligibility and benefits for Blind Veterans, please contact (316) 685-2221.
You may also contact the Dole VA Low Vision Clinic at (316) 685-2221, ext. 57100.

Low Vision Support Group

The Wichita Advanced Low Vision Clinic started a monthly Low Vision Support Group. The LV Support Group has a large active following.  They have had speakers from Kansas Talking Books and Wichita Transit Advisory Board.

Whether your vision loss occurred slowly over time or quickly, adjusting to vision loss presents many personal challenges for you, your family and friends. Learning to live and function as independently as possible is difficult, takes time, and one method doesn’t work for everyone. Your path to independence may have twists and turns.  The Low Vision Support Group will meet monthly to share insight with each other and gain information from speakers the group invites to help members meet their challenge to gain independence.
Please contact the Low Vision Clinic at 316-685-2221 ext. 57131 for date and times of meetings, if you have questions about the group or need help with transportation.

For information on VA blind and low vision rehabilitation services, visit the VA Vision Care for Blind and Low Vision Rehabilitation Services

Contact Info


  • VA Eye Care Clinic
    949 S. Glendale
    Parklane Shopping Area

Contact Number(s)

  • 316-685-2221 Ext. 57100

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.