Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation

The UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation strives to help patients make the most of their vision, no matter what it may be. Patients of the Center have a wide variety of eye conditions including macular degeneration, glaucoma, albinism, retinitis pigmentosa and many others. Patients range in age from only a few months old to more than 100 years old. We are focused on individualized care that helps people lead satisfying and productive lives.

Low vision patients from across the southeast come to the Center for rehabilitation care. Experts in ophthalmology, optometry, occupational therapy, and psychology combine their knowledge to meet the unique needs of each patient. Together, we can help persons with low vision reach their potential.

Our Services:

  • Low vision evaluations by optometrists with residency training in blind rehabilitation. Evaluations include comprehensive assessment of visual function, glasses prescription, adaptive equipment prescription, including bioptic telescopes and referral for community services.
  • Rehabilitation training by occupational therapists with specialty training and/or certification in low vision rehabilitation. Training is focused on helping people maintain their safety and independence as well as teaching them to use adaptive equipment so that they can continue to enjoy hobbies such as reading.
  • Orientation and mobility services to teach people with severe vision loss how to travel safely and independently in their community. This may include training in the use of a white cane.
  • Support group and educational opportunities for patients and their families. For the latest visit our Facebook page.
  • The Center is actively engaged in patient-oriented research. Interested patients may be eligible to enroll, depending on the studies underway.

Our members:

  • Dawn DeCarlo, O.D., M.S., M.S.P.H., is the director of the Center and an associate professor of ophthalmology. Dr. DeCarlo is nationally known for both her clinical care and research in the area of low vision. She is a Diplomate in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry, the highest clinical honor in her field.
  • Mary Warren, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, is the co-director of the center and associate professor and director of the Graduate Certificate Low Vision Rehabilitation.
  • Lynne Stevens, O.D., is a graduate of the UAB School of Optometry and completed residency training at the Veterans Administration Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Stevens provides rehabilitative care to adults.
  • Robin Deacy, OTR/L, COMS, earned her occupational therapy degree in the UAB School of Health Professions. She also completed their Low Vision Certificate Program. Robin provides training in a wide variety of areas including, but not limited to: eccentric viewing (using healthier areas of the retina to see), use of adaptive equipment, medication management, and diabetes care.
  • Beth Barstow, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, is an assistant professor of occupational therapy. She specializes in low vision rehabilitation.

For appointments with the Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation please call (205) 488-0736. 

UAB Callahan Eye Hospital
Suite 405
700 18th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294

We have an attached parking deck for our patients. Enter the deck from University Blvd.