Central Susquehanna Sight Services (CSSS) has been providing vision screenings and eye health education programs and services for the blind and visually impaired of our communities for over 70 years.
CSSS provides services to residents of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties in central Pennsylvania.
A member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, we are currently the only agency in the area that specifically serves people who are blind or visually impaired. We believe in helping people help themselves.
Our prevention programs take a proactive approach to addressing the approximately 50% of blindness that is preventable. Our vision screening program for preschool children can help to identify vision problems that can influence a child’s performance in school and limit everyday activities, while screenings for adults can identify degeneration of vision due to chronic disease or other health conditions.
Thanks to the 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation, Community Aid, and Wal-Mart (Lewisburg), CSSS purchased to two Spot Vision Screeners in 2018.
In 2021, 956 preschool children and 15 adults participated in vision screenings with 149 being referred for a professional eye examination. Our Prevention of Blindness program was able to screen more children this year despite COVID-19.
Our eye health and eye safety educational programs resumed in 2021 as well with 567 preschoolers, 185 first graders and 63 adults attending a variety of programs.
Our programs for people who are blind or visually impaired are built on the idea of autonomy, as we believe that visual impairments should not prevent a person from living a fulfilling and self-sufficient life in their own home.
The Support Services program offers services such as reading mail, form completion, preparing bills for payment and grocery shopping. Our transportation programs assists those who are blind or visually impaired maintain their health by providing medical transportation and sighted guide escort.
Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc. has been designated as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the Internal Revenue Service. The official registration and financial information of Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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