Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS) - Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services
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Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS)

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides Blind and Visual Impairment Rehabilitation Services to eligible Veterans and active duty Service members. VA is the first and only national healthcare system to completely and seamlessly integrate rehabilitation services for patients with vision loss into its health benefits. This ensures that patients receive the finest medical and rehabilitative care, as well as cutting-edge assistive technology.

Mission

The mission of Blind Rehabilitation Service (BRS) is to assist eligible Veterans and active duty Service members with a visual impairment in developing the skills needed for personal independence and successful reintegration into the community and family environment.

Vision

Blind Rehabilitation Service will provide care coordination, assessments and therapeutic instruction to help Veterans and active duty Service members reclaim the confidence and skills needed to lead an independent, fulfilling life after vision loss.

Eligibility

BRS serves Veterans and active duty Service members with vision loss that cannot be corrected with regular eyeglasses and who are having difficulty with one or more tasks.

The eligibility of prospective patients to receive BRS care is determined by the review of 3 key criteria:

  1. Veteran is eligible for VA health benefits (or active duty Servicemember) AND
  2. Possesses a visual impairment or
  3. Has received a designation of excess disability (impact on functional abilities).

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