Central Susquehanna Sight Services (CSSS) has been providing education and screenings for the prevention of blindness and services for the blind and visually impaired for over 65 years.
Formerly known as the Lower Susquehanna Branch of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, CSSS provides services to residents of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties in Central Pennsylvania. In 2015, we provided services for 3,238 people.
A member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, we are currently the only agency in the area that specifically serves the blind or visually impaired. We believe in helping people help themselves.
Our prevention and screening programs take a proactive approach to addressing the approximately 50% of blindness that is preventable. Our vision screening program for 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.
In 2015, 1,239 preschool children and 737 adults participated in vision screenings with 76 being referred for a professional eye examination.
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 Specialized Services program offers support 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.