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Illinois Eye Institute: Low Vision Rehabilitation - AFB Directory Profile

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Illinois Eye Institute: Low Vision Rehabilitation
3241 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-6200 (Local)
(877) 949-3937 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

The Low Vision Rehabilitation Service at the Illinois Eye Institute is dedicated to patients who are visually disabled and cannot be managed through medical or surgical treatment. The goal of the service is to help patients attain the highest level of independent living possible given their visual limitations.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Wed. 8:30 AM-7:30; Thurs. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM; Fri. 8:30 AM-4:00 PM; Sat. 8:30 AM-1:00 PM. Urgent care available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Geographic area served: Illinois.
Publications: Newsletters, educational material, marketing material.


Tracy Matchinski, Chief of Service, Low Vision Rehabilitation Service,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Offers evaluation of partially sighted and visually disabled patients.
  • Assistive Products
    • Offers a variety of optical devices, accessory devices, and adaptive technologies.
  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling and social services to help patients deal with the emotional trauma of vision loss and take advantage of applicable community resources.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in activities of daily living for seniors.
  • Information and Referral
    • Maintains a 24-hour information and referral service.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Offers low vision screening services on site or through referral for seniors. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training, including individualized adaptive training for daily living tasks.

Services for Children

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides free vision screening services to local school children and at employee health fairs and community group functions throughout Chicagoland.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Coordinates with early intervention organizations to provide functional vision evaluations on site for children, birth to 3.
  • Information and Referral
    • Maintains a 24-hour information and referral service.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers parental assistance on site and by referral.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers continuing education for optometrists and other professionals.
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