Services for blind and visually-impaired people in the North Country are expanding.

The Association of the Blind officially opened a new vision rehabilitation center in Watertown on Wednesday.

The facility will help children and adults in the Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

The center offers important care that many used to have to travel to get.

“To achieve services, such as assisted technology training, independent living skills, orientation and mobility had to travel to get low vision exams to Syracuse, Utica or Rochester. And we wanted to address that gap and provide those services here,” says Olivia Kassoum-Amadou, executive director of the Association of the Blind.

The center will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.