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Comprehensive Low Vision Evaluation

Decreased vision does not have to lead to loss of independence. The goal of the Life Skills Clinic’s Low Vision Service is to provide a way for people who have low vision to maintain a full and productive lifestyle. Our treatment focus is on how to become more independent using a person’s remaining vision. We have a low vision optometrist and occupational therapists who are also certified low vision therapists on staff.

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Phone: (801) 585-6837

Answers to Questions About Our Low Vision Services

What is low vision?

Low vision is when your best vision (with the use of contact lenses, glasses, eye surgery or other aids) makes it difficult to complete daily life tasks. Low vision is primarily caused by the following diseases:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Stroke

Low vision can also be caused by traumatic brain injury or accidents involving the eyes.

What services are provided?

The Life Skills Clinic provides several services from a vision evaluation to teaching skills that will help the individual be more independent. Here is a list of these services:

  • Low vision evaluation
    • Visual acuity
    • Contrast sensitivity
  • Functional evaluation
  • Home evaluation
  • Magnifiers and other aids to vision
  • Client and family education
  • Vision therapy for children
  • Skills of independence even with low vision
  • In services to housing and rehabilitation professionals

What can I expect at an appointment?

You will be seen by a low vision services team. This team consists of a low vision optometrist and occupational therapists specializing in low vision rehabilitation. Our optometrist helps enhance remaining vision by determining your best visual correction. The doctor can also prescribe other visual aids, including the following:

  • Specialty glasses for reading, watching TV or doing hobbies
  • Handheld or video magnifiers
  • Spectacle mounted or handheld telescopes
  • Filtered sunglasses that help reduce glare, increase contrast and help you see curbs or stairs

Our occupational therapists work with patients and enable them to safely and independently complete daily living tasks, such as those below:

  • Provide training for the devices recommended by the optometrist.
  • Modify activities so they can be completed with less vision.
  • Teach patients to use remaining vision as effectively as possible.
  • Train patients to use adaptive equipment to help compensate for vision loss.
  • Make recommendations for home modifications to improve safety

How do I know if I could use these services?

Take our low vision evaluation quiz.

Low Vision Specialists

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Bradley Freestone, OD

Bradley Freestone, OD, graduated with distinction from Pacific University College of Optometry in 2006. His education included an internship at a blind rehabilitation center with an emphasis in geriatric care and low vision. Before joining the Life Skills Clinic, he had a low vision private practice. Dr. Freestone continues to see patients at the George E Whalen Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Specializing in low vision, Dr. Freestone understands how vision can affect one’s ability to complete simple routine tasks that are often taken for granted and the frustration that usually results.

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Kasey Mitchell, OTR/L,CLVT

Kasey Mitchell MOT, OTR/L, CLVT is the Life Skills Clinic Manager. The Life Skills Clinic is the faculty practice arm of the Division of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health. Kasey has been an occupational therapist for over 10 years with an emphasis in neurorehabilitation. He now combines that with advanced certfication in low vision therapy. Kasey enjoys the challenge of working with clients who have multiple diagnoses. His passion is to help them achieve greater independence and quality of life.

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JoAnne Wright, Ph.D., OTR/L, CLVT

JoAnne Wright, PhD, OTR/L, CLVT's has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years and now combines advanced knowlege related to functional restoration in clients with low vision. She is one of the lead therapists at the Life Skills Clinic, the faculty practice for the Division of Occupational Therapy. primary clinical work is currently with clients who have low vision that impacts their daily functional ability. She is involved in research with soldiers who have participation difficulties related to impact of the visual system from blast injuries.