VisionCorps is wonderful. We put buttons on my microwave so I can use it myself. I have better lighting now, and I use a portable video magnifier.
I hadn’t been able to read the time on my alarm clock at night, and now I have a talking clock. I can tell my black slacks from my navy-blue ones because I have a safety pin in the waistband.
Kay Thomas - VisionCorps Client
Get Started with VisionCorps Services!
Who can we help?
People who may benefit or qualify for VisionCorps services generally meet these guidelines:
- Vision loss that cannot be corrected through standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery
- Living in Pennsylvania, specifically Adams, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon or York Counties
- All ages served
Referrals for services are easy!
Eye care physicians can fill out this referral form by following the link below. To refer yourself or others, please complete the contact form or call Mary Lou at 717-205-4141.
Frequent questions about Adult Services
Everyone learns at a different pace and style, and training can take from a few months to years. Learning things like Braille or access technology might be easier for someone who has been blind all or most of their life, while people who lose their vision later on may have more difficulties. Having information and resources as well as maintaining a positive attitude and being persistent are keys to overcoming challenges! VisionCorps works with each client to determine their goals, and develops a personalized plan to reach them.
There can be costs for direct Occupational Therapy services covered by insurance. Co-pays and deductibles vary depending on individual plans. For those with Medical Assistance or without any health insurance, funding through other resources is available. Although low vision aids are not covered by Medicare or insurance, VisionCorps’ case managers may be able to access other available resources if these costs are not affordable.
VisionCorps services are provided at no cost. Most services are supported by donations from the community and revenue from the Business & Industry Group. Should clients require assistive devices or other products, there may be a cost involved. VisionCorps can connect clients to organizations to help offset these expenses.
Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, an individual finds everyday tasks difficult to achieve. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, seeing the TV, and writing can seem challenging. Traditionally, Low Vision is defined as having a visual acuity of 20/70 or greater in the best eye with correction (glasses or contacts). VisionCorp’s rehabilitation program can help people adapt to vision loss and restore lost independence.
Many signs can signal vision loss.
For example, even with your regular glasses, you may have difficulty:
- Recognizing faces of friends and relatives.
- Doing things that require you to see well up close such as reading, cooking, sewing, or fixing things around the house.
- Picking out and matching the color of your clothes.
- Doing things at work or home because the light seems dimmer than it used to be.
- Reading street and bus signs or the name of stores.
If you experience any of these signs, you should get an eye exam. If your eye exam results show you have low vision, you may be qualified to receive services at VisionCorps.