Outreach Activities

School of Optometry
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation
Community Eye Care
Outreach Clinics 
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB)
Remote Area Medical (RAM)
Black Belt Eye Care Consortium/Adult Eye Care



Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation
The UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary research and rehabilitation center that provides quality patient care, teaching and research to advance knowledge in the area of vision rehabilitation. State of the art care is provided for persons with vision impairment not correctable with glasses, contact lenses, or other treatments. Every year approximately 700 low vision patients receive rehabilitation care in the center. Experts in ophthalmology, optometry, occupational therapy, and psychology combine their knowledge to meet the special needs of each patient. Together they help persons with low vision lead more satisfying and productive lives.
The center has an active support group for children with visual impairment and has organized multiple Songs for Sight fundraisers to support the group.

Community Eye Care

The Community Eye Care (CEC) service has been created and is actively supported for the patients who have individual challenges in health and vision care. Eye clinics are held weekly at various health department locations around Jefferson County. There are also vision screenings that are scheduled at various health fairs, employee benefit fairs, schools, and other events.
The CEC has been recognized with an award by the Jefferson County Department of Health for the community health contributions.

Outreach Clinics
The School of Optometry is an active participant of many outreach clinics and programs, including public school screenings and many others. The LINCPoint's Optometry Clinic at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham is staffed by students and faculty from the School of Optometry. Eye exams provided are designated specifically for individuals with disabilities and are quite extensive. The Clinic also provides outreach services to Jefferson County and Birmingham City School Systems' special education students. The School of Optometry has won 2010 Life Without Limits Outstanding Volunteer Award from United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham. 
The UAB Eye Care Clinic provides assistance at the Alabama Institute for the Lovelady Center, Low Birth Weight/Newborn Follow-Up Clinic, Birmingham Health Care for the Homeless Coalition, Cahaba Valley Health Care, nursing homes, health departments, and other locations that benefit the community.

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB)
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is a residential facility primarily for children with sensory impairments.  Founded in 1868, AIDB is located in Talladega, Alabama about 60 miles east of Birmingham.  On its campus are the Alabama School for the Blind, the Alabama School for the Deaf, The Helen Keller School of Alabama and the E. H. Gentry Facility.  The UAB School of Optometry is an integral part of their health services program and has provided eye and vision care on the AIDB campus for over 38 years in a dedicated, permanent, Low Vision Clinic located within the Dowling Infirmary. http://www.aidb.org/

Remote Area Medical (RAM)
The faculty members and students of the School of Optometry are actively taking part in Remote Area Medical (RAM) trips to provide vision care in the South US. The care includes basic screening, refracting, and eye exam, and if needed, glasses are provided to the patients. The members of the School of Optometry participated in multiple Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) and other mission trips to central and South America and Africa.

Black Belt Eye Care Consortium/Adult Eye Care
The establishment of the Black Belt Eye Care Consortium/Adult Eye Care program is nearly complete. The main purpose of the program is to supportadult eye care clinics in five counties in the Black Belt region as prevention and intervention methods of addressing lack of accessibility for eye health. In collaboration with Consortium members including the UAB School of Optometry, UAB Department of Ophthalmology, Eye Care Alabama, and UAB Rural Alabama Diabetes and Glaucoma Initiative, patients will be recruited, receive dilated eye exams, and treatments and glasses as prescribed. Detailed records will be maintained in a database for comprehensive follow-up services and to produce an outcome based measurement of the program.
For more information contact Felton Perry at (205) 934-0875; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.