The National Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation Centre were created in 2007 as an IAPB Italia Onlus (non-profit organization) project, an International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness – the Italian branch and, since the beginning, has been located within the Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS.
The Centre is an international reference center regarding vision rehabilitation worldwide, and for the third three-year period in a row, in May 2020 it was confirmed as the Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization, the first globally in this field.
The ultimate goal of the Centre is to help people with low sight to regain self-sufficiency and independence, starting with psychological support and proceeding with multi-disciplinary activities that enhance residual vision and train patients to use optical, electronic and computer aids.
But that’s not all: the advancement of scientific research is an integral part of the Centre’s mission, in order to transfer patients’ acquired skills and best practices developed in this centre of the highest excellence, with the goal of making the ability to see rehabilitation accessible and widespread in Italy as well as throughout foreign healthcare systems.
Finally, the Centre focuses, through publications, research and advocacy activities, on scientifically demonstrating the benefits of sight rehabilitation and make it acknowledged as an integral part of the healthcare pathway, according to this scheme: prevention – treatment – rehabilitation.
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