low vision

This year’s virtual event, co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired (WCBVI) and University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS), will feature research updates, panel discussions, and resources. This event is free and open to the public, please register below to be sent the live event information. Please note that a computer/mobile device and internet access are required to access the program. You may dial in from a phone for audio only.


Registration has closed for this event. Please see the information below for instructions on how to access the symposium.


To access the event, click this link:

You should be prompted to enter the Passcode and/or Meeting ID:
Meeting ID: 983 7427 2183
Passcode: 462586


If you need to access the event by phone (audio only), call:
Phone Number: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 983 7427 2183
Passcode: 462586




4:00-4:15 PM – Welcome + AMD 101

Denise Jess, executive director, WCBVI
Barbara Blodi, MD, Matthew D. Davis Professor and medical director of the Wisconsin Reading Center

4:15-5:00 – Panel Discussion + Questions: Low Vision Resources and You

Jean Kalscheur, vision rehabilitation teacher, WCBVI
Brent Perzentka, certified low vision therapist, WCBVI
Amy Wurf, certified low vision therapist, education and vision services director, WCBVI

5:00-5:05 – Break

5:05-5:50 – Panel Discussion + Questions: AMD Research and Treatment Updates

Mihai Mititleu, MD, associate professor, medical director of the Clinical Eye Research Unit, DOVS

Jonathan Chang, MD, assistant professor, DOVS
Roomasa Channa, MD, assistant professor, DOVS
Kathleen Schildroth, MD, assistant professor, DOVS
Kimberly Stepien, MD, professor, co-vice chair of clinical affairs, director of the inherited retinal degenerations clinic, co-director of the ocular genetics program, DOVS

5:50-6:00 – Event Conclusion

Join us in welcoming John D. Shepherd, MD, Director of the Weigel Williamson Center in Omaha, Nebraska, as he presents:

“Recognizing and Addressing Depression in the Low Vision Patient”


Register for one of the two 20-minute presentations on Friday, May 31 by completing the form below by May 20th.



The Weigel Williamson Center celebrated 10 years of service in 2018 and has served over 5,000 patients at the only low vision house situated on an academic medical center campus. It has grown from one doctor and one occupational therapist at a single location to multiple providers at multiple locations in the region.


In partnership with the Lighthouse Guild Vision Rehabilitation Network, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is excited to host our biannual Low Vision Lunch and Learn series. The Lunch and Learn sessions will take place at the following clinics on the dates below.

Presented by Marshall Flax, CLVT, COMS.  Complimentary lunch will be provided.

Marshall FlaxImproving the Clinical Experiences of Patients with Visual Disability – Part 2




  • Friday 10/05/2018: Rockford: 11:00-12:00 (location TBD)
  • Tuesday 10/09/2018: University Station: 11:45-12:15 and 12:30-1:00 (location L53)
  • Wednesday 10/10/2018: Deming Way: 11:45-12:15 and 12:30 – 1:00 (location conference room. maximum room capacity 15 per session)
  • Thursday 10/11/2018: MEA: 11:40-12:00 and 12:05-12:25 and 12:30-12:55 (Break room. Limit 6 per session)
  • Friday 10/12/2018: University Station (L53): 11:45-12:15 and 12:30-1:00
  • Wednesday 10/17/2018: East Clinic (L004/ East Clinic Auditorium): 11:45-12:30

Lighthouse Guild