Low Vision Doctors

List of LOW VISION DIPLOMATES of the American Academy of Optometry who see patients:

Dr. Sarah APPEL
William Feinbloom Vision Rehab. Center O: 215-276-6060
1200 West Godfrey Avenue F: 215-276-6017
Philadelphia, PA 19141 E: sarah@salus.edu

University of California O: 510-642-1987
School of Optometry F: 510-643-5109
Berkeley, CA 92720-2020 E: ibailey@berkeley.edu

University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry
9725 Datapoint Dr. O: 210-283-6859
San Antonio, TX 78229 E: schmiede@uiwtx.edu
San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind O: 210-805-2500
Vision Rehabilitation Center
310 Eads Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78210

Dr. Carol BARRON
North Suburban Vision Consultants O: 847-412-0311
360 S. Waukegan F: 847-412-0316
Suite A E: cbarron@nsvc.com
Deerfield, IL 60015
Northwestern Medicine O: 312-695-8150(W)
Dept. of Ophthalmology
675 North St Clair – 15th floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Dr. Pauline BEALE
O: 168 East Avenue O: 207-784-3564
Lewiston, ME 04240 F: 207-782-2541
E: eyedocs@megalink.net
Dr. Ava Bittner E: abittner@nova.edu

The Eye Institute O: 215-276-6065 (M-Th)
Feinbloom Rehabilitation Center F: 215-276-6017
1200 W. Godfrey Ave. E: rbrilliant@salus.edu
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Moore Eye Foundation O: 610-544-0500 (F)
Healthplex Pavilion II
100 West Sproul Road
Suite 125
Springfield, PA 19064

Dr. William BROWN
Mayo Clinic O: 507-284-4946
200 First Street SW, Mayo E4 F: 507-284-4612
Rochester, MN 55905 E: brown.william2@mayo.edu
Brooklyn VA O: 718-836-6600 x8093 (M-W) New York Harbor Healthcare System
E: Lisa.chan-oconnell@va.gov
Advanced Low Vision Clinic/Surgical Service
800 Poly Place
Brooklyn NY 11209

Dr. Christopher CHOAT (12)
Lighthouse Central Florida O: 407-895-4400
215 E New Hampshire Street O (toll-free): 877-556-6621
Orlando, FL 32804 F: 407-264-8671
Halifax Medical Center O: 407-895-4400
311 N Clyde Morris Blvd. Suite 60 O (toll-free): 877-556-6621
Daytona Beach FL, 32114 F: 407-264-8671

Dr. Melissa CHUN
O: Stein Eye Institute O: 310-206-95662
200 Stein Plaza, UCLA F: 310-206-5673
Los Angeles, CA 90095 E: chun@jsei.ucla.edu
Dr. Jay COHEN (83) (Faya)
SUNY College of Optometry O: 212-938-5863
33 West 42nd Street F: 212-938-4135
New York, NY 10036 E: jcohen@sunyopt.edu
Dr. Roy Gordon COLE (80) (Carol)
Lighthouse Guild O: 212-769-6316
15 West 65th Street F: 212-579-3251
New York, NY 10023 E: rcole@lighthouseguild.org

Dr. Dawn K. DeCARLO
Director, UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation O: 205-325-8114
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Clinic Appts: 205-488-0736
School of Medicine Pager: 205-934-3411
University of Alabama at Birmingham ask for pager #9608
Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, Suite 405 E: ddecarlo@uab.edu
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35924-0009

Tallman Eye Associates O: 978-794-8118
451 Andover Street F: 978-681-8503
N. Andover, MA
Dr. Frank DICHIARA (79) (Esther)
Garden City Medical Park O: 401-943-8151 (M,T,Th,Fam,S)
1150 Reservoir Ave., Suite L05 E: mail@gceye.necoxmail.com
Cranston, RI 02920

Dr. Kia ELDRED (96) (Lee McGee)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center O: 713-794-7532 (M,T,W)
112C-VISOR, Bldg 120 E: keldredmcgee@sbcglobal.net
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030-4298
University of Houston College of Optometry O: 713-743-2005 (Th AM) 505 J. Davis Armistead
Bldg. E: keldred@optometry.uh.edu
Houston, TX 77204-2020

Dr. Roanne E. FLOM
Ohio State University O: 614-688-3337
College of Optometry
338 West 10th Ave. F: 614-688-5603
Columbus, OH 43210 E: flom.3@osu.edu

Dr. Louis A. FRANK
MCPHS University School of Optometry O: 774-243-3471
10 Lincoln Square Room 210J F: 508-519-5370
Worcester, MA 01608
E: Louis.frank@mcphs.edu

Dr. Paul FREEMAN (83) (Kathleen Fraser Freeman)
Allegheny General Hospital O: 412-359-6300
320 E. North Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Dr. Marilyn K. GILBREATH (89) (David Park. O.D.)
O: VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic O: 707-468-7759 (M-Tu)
Low Vision Clinic
630 Kings Court
Ukiah, CA 95482
O: 102 Scott Street O: 707-462-7040 (W-F)
Ukiah, CA 95482 F: 707-462-7089

Dr. Steve D. GILL (13)
O: Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System O: 504-412-3700 x 7292
Department of Ophthalmology E: Steve.gill@va.gov
1515 Poydras, Ste 650
New Orleans La 70112
Low Vision Associates, PC O: 248-593-3670
31350 Telegraph Road, Suite 102 800-297-8933
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Dr. Wayne W. HOEFT
O: 907 N. San Fernando Blvd. O: 818-846-9075 (T,W,F and Sa)
Burbank, CA 91504 F: 818-846-9084 (office)

Dr. Richard J. JAMARA
The New England College of Optometry O: 617-266-2030 x5532
424 Beacon Street F: 617-424-9202
Boston, MA 02115 E: JamaraR@neco.edu

Dr. Rebecca KAMMER
Independent Consulting for Health Professions Education and Low Vision Rehabilitation
Dr. Curtis W. KESWICK
O: 6531 Crown Blvd. Ste 4 O: 408-997-2020
San Jose, CA 95120 F: 408-904-7655

O: 50 Staniford Street, Suite 600 O: 617-367-4800
Boston, MA 02114 F: 617-723-7028

Dr. Lawrence KLINE (73)
O: 60 Waterbury Road O: 203-758-5555 (M-F)
Prospect, CT 06712 F: 203-758-6666
E: drkline@vaop.net

University of Colorado O: 720-848-2530
School of Medicine, Dept. of Ophthalmology F: 720-848-5079
1675 Aurora Ct E: david.lewerenz@ucdenver.edu
Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Tracy MATCHINSKI (06)
(Mark Carson) Illinois College of Optometry O: 312.949.7252
Chief, Low Vision Rehabilitation Service F: 312-949-7638
Illinois Eye Institute E: tmatchin@ico.edu
3241 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
The Chicago Lighthouse C: 312.997.3686
1850 W Roosevelt Rd E: Tracy.Matchinski@chicagolighthouse.org
Chicago, IL 60608

Dr. Bennett MCALLISTER (95)
Patient Care Center O: 909-706-3946
795 E. Second Street, Suite 2 E: bmcallister@westernu.edu
Pomona, CA 91766-2020
Dr. Swati Modi E: smodi@optometry.uh.edu
Dr. John E. MUSICK (92) (Helen)
O: 104 Fairfield Drive O: 859-887-2441
Nicholasville, KY 40356 F: 859-885-3323

Dr. Lynne NOON (01)
O: ViewFinder Low Vision Resource Center O: 866.924.8755
1830 South Alma School Road F: 480.705.4600
Suite 131
Mesa, Arizona 85210

Dr. William O’CONNELL
Hudson Valley VA HCS VA: 914-737-4400 X3158 (M,T,F)
PO Box 100 E: seehuntny@hotmail.com
Montrose, NY 10548 E: william.oconnell@va.gov
SUNY College of Optometry C: SUNY: 212-938-4066 (W,Th)
33 West 42nd Street E: woconnell@sunyopt.edu
New York, NY 10036
O: 32 Anpell Drive H: 914-723-8391
Scarsdale, NY 10583
E: seehuntny@hotmail.com

Dr. Pamela R. OLIVER (06)
College of Optometry O: 954-262-1476
Nova Southeastern University F: 954-262-1818
3200 S. University Dr. E: pamelao@nova.edu
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328

Dr. Ana Perez (15)
E: aperez@optometry.uh.edu

Dr. Thomas I. PORTER (96) (Cathy)
Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute O: 314-577-8258
St. Louis University Dept. of Ophthalmology 800-432-8474
1755 S. Grand Blvd. F: 314-771-1522
St. Louis, MO 63104

Dr. Bruce P. ROSENTHAL (77) (Susan)
Lighthouse Guild (primary)
15 West 65th Street F: 646-874-8970
New York, NY 10023 E: rosenthalb@lighthouseguild.org
Mt. Sinai Hospital Low Vision Service

Western New York Center for the Visually Impaired O: 716-668-1166
3070 Transit Road F: 716-668-1466
Buffalo, New York 14224 E: jrundquist@wnycvi.com

Dr. Dennis W. SIEMSEN
Mayo Clinic O: 507-266-4918
Department of Ophthalmology F: 507-284-4612
200 First Street SW E: siemsen.dennis@mayo.edu
Rochester, MN 55905 U: www.mayoclinic.org/ophthalmology-rst/lowvision.html

Dr. Karen SQUIER
Southern College of Optometry O:
1245 Madison Avenue F: Memphis, TN 38104 E: ksquier@gmail.com

Dr. Patricia A. STEINER
Geneva Eye Clinic O: 630-232-1282
302 Randall Road F: 630-232-7011
Geneva, IL 60134

Dr. Derrald G. TAYLOR
Illinois College of Optometry O: 312-949-7255 (7259-voice mail)
3241 S. Michigan Ave. F: 312-949-7638 at ICO
Chicago, IL 60616 E: dtaylor@ico.edu
Illinois Center for Rehab. and Education O: 312-633-3528 (M-PM & W-AM)

Sierra EyeCare Associates O: 209-223-2020
817 Court St. Ste. 10 F: 209-223-2046
Jackson CA 95642 E: rkvanbuskirk@yahoo.com
Society for the Blind
2750 24th St. O: 916-452-8271 (T)
Sacramento CA 95818

Dr. Douglas R. WILLIAMS
O: 6042 Warner Ave. O: 714-847-6059 (M – F)
Huntington Beach, CA 92647-5568 F: 714-847-6050

Dr. Stanley Y. WOO (99)
Southern California College of Optometry at O: 714-449-7473
Marshall B. Ketchum University F: 714-992-7809
2575 Yorba Linda Blvd. E: swoo@ketchum.edu
Fullerton, CA 92831 U: www.ketchum.edu

One final note: be wary of doctors or others who advertise low vision services. There are unfortunately some unscrupulous individuals who will take advantage of desperate disabled patients. Most Diplomates do NOT advertise.

Most doctors will advertise on a limited basis when they open or expand an office. The type of advertisers to be wary of are those who advertise on radio or television. In addition, some of these practitioners will charge prices for devices that are many times higher than one would pay elsewhere. I have seen patients who have paid $500 for a pair of glasses that would have cost less than $150 almost anywhere else. There are no laws prohibiting this practice of charging high prices.

A simple Caveat applies: you wouldn’t go to a brain surgeon who advertised on the radio or in the newspaper, why would you take your eyes there?

Due to lax state laws, there are also people who sell CCTV’s that promote themselves as Low Vision Centers, even though there are no doctors on the premises.

They are generally in business to sell you the most expensive devices they can because they are paid by commission.

While many of them are nice people, you must always ask yourself if the device they are recommending is for your benefit, or for theirs.

Because they are not doctors and have no advanced training in refraction and optics, they are only familiar with optical devices on a very superficial level.

Low Vision Centers run by Lay People
There are also Low Vision of Magnifier stores run by untrained individuals increasingly found across the country. Some are even run by Lions Clubs or non-profit agencies. While many of these are run by well meaning individuals, they have no professional training in eye care and cannot legally offer the full range of prescription devices available. Many are also strictly run as for profit businesses and they may be more interested in your money than in helping you. Buyer – beware.