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Who We Are

We are an outpatient low vision rehabilitation program that uses optometry and occupational therapy to help adults and children who have difficulty completing daily activities because of vision impairment from eye diseases and conditions, or brain injury.

How We Can Help

We will help you complete the daily activities that bring value and well-being to your life and help you live a full and productive life.

Our Services

Our team of optometry and occupational therapy low vision specialists provide the following services


  • Low vision eye exam to determine how well you can use the vision you have
  • Low vision refraction to refine and enhance your eyeglass prescription
  • Prescription and fitting of magnifiers, microscopes and other low vision devices to improve your vision
  • Bioptic prescription for qualified drivers
  • Referral for training in techniques and tools to maximize the use of the vision you have
  • Coordination with local and state agencies serving people who are blind or visually impaired

Occupational Therapy

  • Training to increase your efficiency and ability to use the vision you have
  • Training in using magnifiers and technology to help you read and write
  • Training in using your vision to take care of yourself and your home
  • Home modification to stay safely in your home
  • Training to reduce your risk of falls and accidents in the home and community
  • Safe medication management
  • Diabetes management to reduce further vision loss
  • Safe return to driving for persons with bioptics and hemianopia
  • Training in tools and technology to do your job more effectively

Our Members

  • Dawn DeCarlo, O.D., Ph.D., M.S., M.S.P.H., is the Director of the Center and a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. 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.
  • Marissa Locy, O.D., is a graduate of UAB School of Optometry. Upon graduation, Dr. Locy received the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society Silver Medal, an award given to the top graduating student. She is currently a faculty member of the UAB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
  • Jason Vice, OTR/L, SCLV, is a graduate of the UAB School of Health Professions and faculty in the Departments of Occupational Therapy and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Jason holds Specialty Certification in Low Vision through the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Beth Barstow, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy. She specializes in low vision rehabilitation and research

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Contact Us

4th floor of the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital on the UAB campus
Suite 405-adjacent to the elevators
1720 University Blvd, Birmingham Al, 35233
We are open:  8am- 5 pm Monday-Friday

For More Information or to Make an Appointment Call: 205-488-0736

We accept Medicare and all major medical insurances. We have an attached parking deck for our patients. Enter the deck from University Blvd.