Vision Independence Program

The Vision Independence Program is for adults with visual impairments due to:

  • Age-related macular degeneration.
  • Diabetic retinopathy.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Albinism.
  • Retinal detachments.

The program teaches patients how to perform daily activities using alternative methods or equipment to maximize usable vision. Anyone who has vision loss that cannot be restored through traditional methods such as eyeglasses and/or surgery would benefit from the program. The program is led by an optometrist who works closely with the patient's eye doctor to ensure successful outcomes.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling UPMC Cole's Irwin Rehabilitation Center at 814.274.5300.


The Vision Independence Program is located in the rehabilitation department at the west entrance on UPMC Cole's main campus.

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Irwin Rehabilitation Center
1001 E. Second St.
Coudersport, PA 16915
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