The Comprehensive Low Vision Project (CLVP) is a year-round program that provides students with low vision with clinical low vision evaluations, prescribed optical devices, and training in the use of those devices. This program serves the state of Missouri. Some exceptions apply in and around Kansas City.
Students, ages 2-21, who meet Missouri’s eligibility criteria as a child with a visual impairment, which is visual acuity of 20/70 in the better eye after correction and who have good potential to benefit from low vision devices. Exceptions may apply.
Students will receive, at no cost to their families, a comprehensive low vision evaluation, a complete written report with recommendations for appropriate low vision devices, any devices prescribed and instruction in the use of those devices in the student’s school, home, or community until he or she is proficient in using his or her new tools. The services provided by CLVP do not take the place of regular visits to the student’s primary eye care provider, such as his or her ophthalmologist or optometrist.
Numerous clinics will be held each year throughout Missouri to best accommodate students from a variety of locations. Dates and times will be publicized via the Lighthouse for the Blind Website as well as notifications sent thru list serves. Teachers may suggest clinic sites if they have a student population of 6 or more students. In addition, monthly CLVP low vision clinics take place at the Delta Gamma Center in St. Louis.
Upon referral, the student’s education team will be asked to provide the student’s most current visual assessments as well as an updated eye report and any vision related IEP goals (if applicable). Students will then be scheduled for their clinical low vision evaluation at the clinic location closest to the city in which they reside. Family members, vision and/or O&M instructors will attend the session to better understand the proposed solutions and to subsequently assist in the best utilization of the solution.