We know you have a lot of questions and we’re here to answer them. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Is it normal to feel depressed, scared or hopeless with vision loss (full or partial)?
Absolutely! That is one - if not the most - important reasons the San Diego Center for the Blind exists. You - and your family - may feel hopeless, stressed, sad or many other emotions. All of these emotions are NORMAL. This is because everything you do is impacted: your work, relationships, mobility, recreation, and self-esteem. That’s why it is so important to GET HELP, such as counseling and rehabilitation training offered through our Center.
Is there a charge for the Low Vision Clinic and the Store?
The Low Vision Clinic, including Low Vision Optometric Evaluation services and Occupational services are provided on a fee-for-service basis. SDCB currently accepts Medicare and Medical (contact the clinic for additional information regarding insurance) or you can self-pay. Please contact the Low Vision Clinic for more information at 619.255.9741.
The SDCB Technology Center and Store charges for all products sold, however, products are priced very competitively. The net profits are used to support the Technology Center and Store as well as the other Vision Rehabilitation services.
Can I be employed and be visually impaired?
Of course, it depends on your career, but overall, visual impairment doesn’t mean you can’t have an occupation or be employed. Sometimes it means you need to acquire new skills or utilize assistive technology, which is why we offer many different types of training, classes and assistive technologies.
Do you offer employment training?
We are considered a “pre-vocational” program. However, the adjustment to vision loss skills you develop will be a big step for you to become or continue to be employed.
Can I continue working, going to school, being a volunteer even though I have little or no vision?
It depends on your career, but overall, vision loss doesn’t mean you can’t have an occupation or be employed. Sometimes it means you need to acquire new skills or utilize Assistive Technology, which is why we offer many different types of training, classes and support on using technologies that will help you achieve your goals.
Now that I can’t drive, how will be able to get to your program?
SDCB provides transportation ,for those in our vision rehabilitation program, to and from your residence. You will be picked up in the morning and returned home in the afternoon. Our buses are wheel chair accessible and our drivers are safe and conscientious individuals.
Contact Our Low Vision Services
Vista: 1385 Bonair Road, Vista, CA 92084
Low Vision Services: 619-255-9741
Contact Our Blind & Visually Impaired Products Store