Visual Impairment Services Team - VIST - Salem VA Medical Center
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Salem VA Medical Center


Visual Impairment Services Team - VIST


What is VIST?
The Salem VAMC VIST Program assists legally blind and severely visually impaired Veterans and their families adjust to vision loss.  The program objectives are to identify and inform eligible Veterans about services and benefits; to ensure that health care and rehabilitation services are made available; and to help those Veterans cope with the devastating loss of vision.

VIST Services:
The most important service offered to legally blind and severely visually impaired Veterans is called the VIST Annual Review.  This is a yearly examination which assesses the Veteran's adjustment, vision, hearing, and health. After this review, eligible Veterans will remain in contact with the VIST Coordinator as needed, and be referred for rehabilitation, follow-up services, counseling, and other available benefits.

Who May Benefit from VIST Services?
If a Veteran requires the assistance of another person or exhibits any of the following functional issues, a referral to VIST may be indicated:

    *Difficulty reading mail, newspaper, medication labels, or other standard size print with regular eyeglasses or contact lenses.
    *Difficulty performing activities of daily living, such as managing their medications, checking their blood sugars, grooming, cooking, using the telephone, telling time, etc., as a result of their visual impairment.
    *Difficulty ambulating safely and independently as a result of blindness or visual impairment.

Referral to VIST:
Any Veteran who is legally blind or severely visually impaired (diagnosis is made by an eye doctor), and who is eligible for VA Healthcare, may participate in the VIST Program.  If you are unsure if you are eligible for VA healthcare benefits, please contact the VIST Coordinator to assist in determining eligibility.  Referrals can be made by the Veteran, family, healthcare professional, or other concerned individuals.

Referral Services:
    *VA Blind Rehabilitatoin Training Programs
    *Computer training programs which are adapted for use by blind or visually impaired individuals
    *Low Vision examination
    *Talking Book Program offered by the National Library Service
    *Issuance of Blind or Low Vision Aids

Important Links:
    Blinded Veterans Association
    Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
    VA Blind Rehabilitation Service
    National Library Service
    Voice of the Blue Ridge 

Contact Info


  • Salem VAMC Building 143 Eye Clinic 1FG-120

Contact Number(s)

  • 540-982-2463 Ext. 3356
  • 540-982-2463 Ext. 2826

Hours of Operation

  • 7:45a-4:30p M-F