Dawn K. DeCarlo, O.D., M.S., M.S.P.H.
Director, UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation; Associate Professor
Areas of Interest:low vision rehabilitation, pediatric vision impairment
Dr. DeCarlo is director of the Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation (CLVR), where she treats patients with decreased vision that cannot be corrected medically or surgically. She is nationally known for both her clinical care of the patient with low vision and her research related to vision impairment. She is a Diplomate in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry, the highest clinical honor in her field.
She earned her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in physiological optics concurrently from UAB. She is residency trained in rehabilitative and hospital based optometry at the Hines Central Blind Rehabilitation Center and the Chicago West Side Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. DeCarlo later earned her master’s of science in public health from the UAB School of Public Health and is currently a doctoral student in vision science. She holds an adjunct appointment in the School of Optometry and is a member of the Vision Science Research Center and the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center.
Dr. DeCarlo has received National Eye Institute and EyeSight Foundation of Alabama funding to study vision impairment due to age-related macular degeneration as well as pediatric vision impairment. Current goals include a more comprehensive understanding of the accommodative systems, attention and reading abilities of children with permanent vision impairment. She also runs a successful support group for children with vision impairment and their families with the support of Songs for Sight.
Education & TrainingPostgraduate Training: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Doctorate of Optometry, M.S., Physiological Optics
Residency Training: Hines Central Blind Rehabilitation and Chicago West Side Veterans Administration Medical Center
Contact InformationLocation: Callahan Eye Hospital, Suite 405
Appointment Phone: 205-488-0736
Clinic Fax: 205-488-0746