VA Medical Center, West Haven, CT (Low Vision Rotation)

VA Connecticut Healthcare System
West Haven Campus
Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 932-5711 ext. 2145
Fax: (203) 937-3833

Externship Supervisor
Christine Burke, OD

Additional Faculty
Kara Gagnon, OD
Terri Zerilli, OD

Dominique Dowdy, Medical clerk

Program Description

  • The Blind Center has full exam lanes, one visual field room, and an optometric office.
  • The eye clinic in the hospital has a laser room, a scanning laser ophthalmoscope, primary care optometry lanes, and ophthalmology lanes.
  • Observation in specialty clinics available on a weekly basis.  These include: Retinal Clinic, Cornea Clinic and Glaucoma Clinic.
  • Clinical Rounds are 4 hours monthly.  Observation of surgery done on a weekly basis is available.
  • Yale clinic rounds each Thursday.  Symposium at Yale on a quarterly basis.  (Friday only)
  • Dr. Gagnon schedules for blind Rehabilitation conferences and lectures with The Lighthouse.  In-services at the other Blind Rehabilitation disciplines such as orientation, living skills, and visual skills are also scheduled.
  • Ophthalmology is present full-time and shares space with optometry.

Additional Program Information
Week 1: 15 hours of lecture and observation of low vision examinations.


Not provided (see below)

Equipment Required


External Rotations

No (see below)

The student is responsible for locating his or her own housing.

External Rotations
None. All subspecialty clinics are held in the Eye Clinic.

Arrival Procedure for Students
Student should contact Dr. Gagnon 6-8 weeks prior to rotation, sooner if possible.  She will help with housing contacts.  An orientation packet will be mailed directly to the student.  Upon arrival, the student should go to Building #2, 2nd floor Low Vision Optometry by 8:00 am to meet with Dr. Gagnon.