VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST)
What is VIST?
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) is a group of allied health care professionals dedicated to connecting visually impaired Veterans with a variety of services available within the VA and the Veterans community. At VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System healthcare professionals work to assist Veterans whose vision loss impacts their activities of daily living, and helps the Veterans and their families cope with the functional and emotional issues associated with vision loss.
The most important service offered to visually impaired Veterans is the Annual VIST Review. This yearly examination assesses the Veteran's adjustment to sight loss, current vision, hearing, and overall health condition. Based on the information collected during the VIST review, Veterans may be referred for training and/or service to help address their needs. The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System also offers benefit reviews, support groups, community activities, and presentations to agencies regarding vision loss. Many of the rehabilitation programs offered at the VA assess, train and issue Veterans with vision loss adaptive items which may include magnification devices, a large print or talking computer system, adaptive technology, canes, watches, talking paper currency identifiers, audible prescription readers, and adapted recreational equipment.
Who We Serve
Referrals to the VIST program can be made by interested individual, family member, eye care specialist, or agency representative. Services are available to any eligible Veteran with an honorable or general discharge from the military and any active duty Service Member diagnosed as legally blind or having a severe functional vision loss.
Legal blindness is defined as central visual acuity of 20/200 in the better eye, and a field defect where the peripheral field at its widest tested diameter is less than 20 degrees.