Mission: Our mission is to prevent blindness and promote independence for those who have lost their sight.
Programs: Prevention of blindness - this year, the sight center provided more than 10,000 visual screenings in our region's pre-schools, kindergarten registrations, day cares, and at our facility. We assisted nurses in elementary and middle schools by screening those youngsters identified as "hard to screen," including autistic, non-verbal, non-english speaking, and behavior-challenged children.
vision rehabilitation: the sight center evaluated over 350 new patients with severe and permanent vision loss in their low vision clinic. Individuals of all ages with macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic complications, stroke, and other conditions causing vision loss are seen by a low-vision optometrist and receive follow-up by a specially trained occupational therapist. Specialty magnification devices, improved lighting, and new skills of daily living enable those with vision loss to live as independently as possible in their own homes.
blindness services and social support: sight center drivers logged over 100,000 miles of escorted transportation for those whose vision is too poor to drive. "door-through-door" transportation means we go into the home, assist our clients to the car, escort them into their medical, legal, dental or other necessary appointment, assist with paperwork, insurance, etc. And then escort them safely back into their home when the appointment is complete. Assistance with personal mail reading, bills, and banking helps those with low or no vision live independently in their own home despite severe vision loss.
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The Sight Center of Northwest Pennsylvania has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC). NAC is the only accrediting body that solely focuses on standards and best practices for blind and low vision services with the consumer in mind. Sight Center of Northwest PA has demonstrated that it meets or exceeds the standards set by NAC for delivery of blind and low vision services. The determination for accreditation is a rigorous process that involves self-examination by the organization, an on-site peer review to verify processes and procedures by a team of professionals serving in the field and a review of the findings by the NAC Accreditation Committee. NAC congratulates The Sight Center of Northwest PA on its accredited status.