VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Adjustment to Sight Loss
Sight loss can be a very stressful event in a Veteran's life. Having the opportunity to share experiences with other participants is very important. This can be done informally and through our weekly Sight Loss Discussion Group, called the Student Forum, which is led by the WBRC Psychologist and Social Worker. Next, through participation in Blind Rehabilitation, most individuals feel their confidence, self-esteem, and attitudes toward their visual impairment improve as they regain independence. As participants realize they can do more through rehabilitation, they feel more in control of their lives and more motivated to be active at home.
The WBRC Psychologist and Social Worker meet at least once with each person who enters the Basic Rehabilitation Program. Issues related to coping with sight loss are addressed in these meetings. The Psychologist and Social Worker are also available to provide individual counseling for program participants who are experiencing stress in relation to their vision loss. The Psychologist may also complete a Cognitive Screen with each participant in order to identify ways that the Veteran best learns. The Social Worker helps the program participant to identify resources that may be available in their community.