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Sight Restoration and the Prevention of Blindness

One of our programs is designed to pay for medical expenses related to procedures which preserve, stabilize and restore vision. The purpose of these services is to allow individuals to retain their independence at home or to maintain employment.  Examples would include cataract extraction, treatment for diabetic retinopathy, or any procedure expected to prevent the onset of legal blindness or make a significant improvement in functional vision.

The significant expense associated with these procedures often causes a patient to delay the procedure which may result in less effective or more complicated treatment. 

To qualify for these services an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • The individual must be without the necessary financial resources to secure the needed services. The financial needs evaluation is a very short process used to determine if the individual has the capacity to participate in some of the costs of their treatment.
  • The individual must be in danger of significant vision loss within 24 months. The ICBVI staff in collaboration with their ophthalmologic consultant will determine if there is immediate danger.


  • Have legal or functional blindness.
  • The individual must be a resident of the State of Idaho for at least six (6) months and must be a US citizen or in the country legally.
  • Please contact an ICBVI office nearest you.

341 West Washington
Boise, ID  83702
(208) 334-3220
Contact: Laurie Carlin, Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant, or email to

427 N Main Street, Ste. K
Pocatello, ID  83204-3016
(208) 236-6392
Contact: Dawn Scott, Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant, or email

2120 N. Lakewood Dr, Ste A
Coeur d’Alene, ID  83814
(208) 769-7077
Contact: Merrilee Jackson, Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant, or email to

1118 F Street
Lewiston, ID  83501-1986
(208) 799-5009
Contact: Dawn Ristau, Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant, or email to

650 Addison Ave West, Suite 101
Twin Falls, ID  83301-3465
(208) 736-2140
Contact: Amy Zapata, Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant, or email to

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