ABVI-Goodwill Low Vision Center, Rochester, NY

422 South Clinton Ave
Rochester, NY  14620
ABVI Goodwill

Externship Supervisor
Katherine White, OD
Managing Director of Low Vision Services
Phone:  (585) 697-5733
TTY:  (585) 232-1698
Fax:  (585) 232-2972
Email:  kwhite@abvi-goodwill.com

Additional Faculty
Paul Caito, OD
Elizabeth Harvey, OD
Melanie Shearer, O.D
Allison Ford, OD
Gwen Sterns, MD

Program Description
The Low Vision Externship at ABVI-Goodwill offers an opportunity for qualified optometry students to gain clinical and research experience in comprehensive Low Vision Rehabilitation.  In addition to providing Low Vision evaluations on approximately 20 patients a week, the student will work with other disciplines, including Assistive Technology Instructors, Vision Rehabilitation Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Career and Training Specialists, and a Growth and Development specialist.  The student will participate in research in collaboration with the University of Rochester and the Low Vision Rehabilitation Network.  The student will assist in 3 preventive clinics providing care to uninsured individuals; Early Vision Screening, Project Eye Care and Vision Care for Kids.  The student is invited to attend monthly Grand Rounds at the University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute.

ABVI conducts collaborative research with the University of Rochester and the Low Vision Rehabilitation Network.  As the incidence of vision loss increases with an aging population, Low Vision specialists are needed to meet the needs for evidence based vision rehabilitation.


Not provided (see below)

Equipment Required

Lab coat and appropriate clinic attire

External Rotations

Yes (see below)

References available for nearby apartments

External Rotations
External sites in Canandaigua, Geneseo, Geneva, Hornell, and Newark

Additional Requirements
Interest in Low Vision

Directions to Clinic
Rochester may be reached by car, train, or Amtrak. The agency is within walking distance of a bus line. Although a car is not required, personal transportation is helpful to access grocery stores. An on-site cafeteria provides breakfast and lunch at reduced prices.

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