Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) and UW Health providers, technicians, residents, students, schedulers, administrative, and support staff gathered for the first installment of the Low Vision Lunch and Learn sessions, held in March at various UW Health Eye Clinic locations.
The session was presented by Marshall Flax, a respected low vision therapist in the Madison area. Flax worked for the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired for 24 years as a certified low vision therapist and a certified orientation and mobility specialist before retiring in 2014.
Flax first reviewed various types of low vision and presented simulated low vision images. He then focused on how to interact with low vision patients and their families with compassion and thoughtful care. The next set of Low Vision Lunch and Learn sessions will take place in October. Dates can be viewed here.
Staff at the UW Health Deming Way Eye Clinic review impaired visual acuity.
The purpose of the Low Vision Lunch and Learn sessions is to create more awareness within our own department and clinics about the visually impaired, how to interact with the visually impaired in our clinics, and what low vision services are available in our community.