WVU Eye Institute
A nationally recognized center for vision care, research, education, and outreach, the West Virginia University Eye Institute provides the full range of eye care under one roof—from routine exams to subspecialty medical and surgical treatment and laser vision correction. Two of their outreach programs are the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) and the Appalachian Vision Outreach Program (AVOP). CVRP provides comprehensive vision rehabilitation services to school-aged children with vision loss throughout West Virginia, regardless of ability to pay. The goal of this program is to provide children with tools to become independent and employable by optimizing their visual function both at home and at school. CVRP provides access to the visual environment for children with incurable vision loss through medical eye care, optical devices, assistive technology, educational recommendations, and support of local school systems. A multidisciplinary team of professionals trained in ophthalmology, optometry, orientation and mobility, occupational therapy, and education executes a comprehensive evaluation, treatment plan, and follow-up for each student. Through AVOP, the institute’s physicians and ophthalmic technicians travel throughout the state to provide these services to those in need. In addition, physicians and staff also provide monthly free screening clinics at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert, West Virginia.