Visual Impairment Services Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic - Battle Creek VA Medical Center
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Battle Creek VA Medical Center


Visual Impairment Services Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic

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What We Do

The Visual Impairment Services Outpatient Rehabilitation (VISOR) clinic provides evaluation, training and support to Veterans with visual impairment ranging from low vision to total blindness.  Rehabilitation services are individualized for Veterans based on their identified needs and goals.  Assessment, training, and case management are accomplished by a team of dedicated specialists along with the active participation of Veterans.

Key Staff

Service Chief

Michael Vandeveer, OD, MPA, FAAO
(269) 966-5600 Ext. 35190

For general program information, call (269) 966-5600, Ext. 35195.

Program Support - Maria Holliday
Staff Low-Vision Optometrist - Matthew Johnson, OD, FAAO
Assistive Technology - Kim Barnett, CVRT
Orientation and Mobility - Kimberley Bishop, COMS, CVRT
Living Skills - Angela Castillo-Emery
Low Vision Therapist - Joanna Butler, CLVT, CVRT, COMS
VIST Coordinator - William Bernhard, COMS

Service Information

The VISOR Program

The VISOR Program offers individualized training with optical and non-optical aids that help in overcoming many difficulties related to vision loss. Our “Vision First” philosophy focuses on the use of existing vision and offers training designed to enhance visual function in a variety of environments. VISOR staff is dedicated to providing supportive instruction and assist with personal adjustment to vision loss.


Low Vision Optometry

Our low vision doctor will provide a specialized eye examination and assist in maximizing remaining vision. This includes comprehensive clinical low vision exams, assessment, and all levels of prescription optics, bi-optics and tints.

Low Vision Therapy

A specially trained low vision therapist will train with adaptive equipment and assistive strategies, allowing for the most effective use of remaining vision.

Access Technology Training

A computer access instructor will provide instruction with adaptive software and techniques in order to enhance efficient computer use. Available computer assisted devices will be explored to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of Veterans with visual disabilities.

Orientation and Mobility

A certified therapist will teach travel safety and work with assistive technology to enhance independent travel in all environments.

Activities of Daily Living

A vision rehabilitation therapist will provide the skills and adaptations necessary to maintain independence and manage daily living needs. Instruction can include adaptive kitchen skills, medication management, personal and home management, adaptive communication skills, and leisure activities.

Family Training Program

Educational programs for family members or care providers offers opportunities to observe classes, utilize simulators and participate in hands-on activities, in order to better understand the implications of the Veteran’s vision loss.

Contact Info


  • Battle Creek VA Medical Center
    Bldg. 3, Room 100

Contact Number(s)

  • 269-966-5600 Ext. 35195
  • 888-214-1247 Ext. 35195

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.