Vision Rehabilitation Professionals

When confronted with vision loss, most adults initially turn an eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) for help, but it's important to note that many different kinds of vision rehabilitation services are available and go far beyond what your family doctor, ophthalmologist, or optometrist may provide.

Below are interviews with, and profiles of, vision rehabilitation professionals.

Doctor OD

Doctor ODAn Eye Doctor Tells the Story of His Own Journey Through Vision Loss

Tom Miller

Tom MillerRetired Executive Director of the Blinded Veterans Association

Kathy Zubrycki

Kathy ZubryckiDirector of Training and Admissions at Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Barbara Hunt

Barbara HuntCVRT, Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans' Administration (VA) Hospital

Carol Eaton

Carol EatonM.Ed., CVRT, Adult Services Supervisor at the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Bryan Gerritsen

Bryan GerritsenM.A., CLVT, Certified Low Vision Therapist in Utah

Joyce Shoemaker

Joyce ShoemakerRetail Operations Manager at the SightConnection Store

Dona Sauerburger

Dona SauerburgerM.A., COMS®, Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Lachelle Smith

Lachelle SmithProgram Coordinator and instructor for the Master's and Certificate Programs in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy within the College of Education and Rehabilitation at Salus University

Stephanie Stephens Van

Stephanie Stephens VanM.A., CLVT, VRT, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

Elizabeth Lee

Meet Elizabeth LeeLMSW, Intergenerational Program Director at VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in New York

Dawn Backer

Dawn BackerCLVT, Rehabilitation Manager at the South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Sioux Falls

Personal Stories

  • Amy Bovaird: Mobility Matters
    As a person with retinitis pigmentosa, "Mobility matters. It allows me to join the rest of society, follow my interests and passion, and reconnect with my love for traveling. I don't have to stay at home fearing the dark anymore. I can live independently."

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