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Visual Impairment VHI

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Clinicians can learn about the effects of severe vision loss from the Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) study guide, Visual Impairment and Blindness (1.24 MB, PDF).

Vision loss can be service-related, caused by traumatic injury during combat. It also is a growing issue for aging Veterans.

Sections include:

  • Causes and functional implications of blindness
  • Personal stories of Veterans
  • History of blind rehabilitation in VA
  • Special services for visually impaired and blind
  • Vision loss prevention

The study guide is useful for VA and non-VA health care providers caring for Veteran patients. Veterans and the public also may be interested in the guide to learn more about symptoms and treatment.

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