The Chicago Lighthouse at TradeWinds

New Partnership Brings Services for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired to NWI

Expanding their world-class visions care services to Northwest Indiana, The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired joined forces with TradeWinds in June 2015.

The initiative, which marks the first time that the 109-year-old Chicago-based agency will offer direct services outside of Illinois, brings Dr. Tracy Matchinski, a Lighthouse vision rehabilitation optometrist, to TradeWinds the first Wednesday of each month, with additional days added as needed.

A 1995 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Matchinski completed her residency at the William Feinbloom Low Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1996. She has been practicing Vision Rehabilitation Care for almost 20 years, is ABO Board Certified and a Low Vision Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Matchinski also lectures both nationally and internationally on low vision rehabilitation.

The Chicago Lighthouse, whose credo is “Because there is still hope,” is one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service agencies assisting people who are blind, visually impaired, multi-disabled or Veterans. Housed under its roof are the oldest and most prominent vision care and rehabilitation program in the US, a nationally acclaimed school for children with multi-disabilities, a world class employment services program, one of the few remaining clock manufacturing facilities in America, a VA program serving veterans in all 50 states and a radio station.

The new Chicago Lighthouse Low Vision Clinic at TradeWinds offers low vision examinations including recommendations for optical, technological and auditory assistive devices, occupational therapy services and community programs for people with vision loss.

To schedule a future appointment, call 312.997.3686.