Low Vision and Refraction Clinics

Photo of Clinic Coordinator Alisha Ragainis working with a student.

UPDATE: Low Vision and Refraction Clinics​ 2018-2019

Hello Vision Professionals!

Thank you for your responses to the survey regarding the Low Vision/Refraction Clinics! Based on the great feedback we received from you, we are in the process of making changes to our Clinics. This includes less paperwork!

While in the process, we will offer​ two (2) clinics during the 2018-19 school year:

  • November 16th, 2018
  • December 7th, 2018

The locations of these clinics will be based upon the referrals we receive from you. If you refer your students to clinics but are unable to travel to one of the two locations, the employees of Outreach who provide clinic services are willing to travel to meet with you and your student(s). In this event, due to cost and scheduling, we would not be able to provide an optometrist.

If you would like to refer a student for one of the two clinics this year, please use the following Google link:

https://goo.gl/forms/sSrTtyrGRsdyWfvA2

Referrals may be made through September 14​. Locations will be determined at that time and you will be contacted by clinic staff with details.

To learn more about clinics, visit our web page: http://www.wcbvi.k12.wi.us/outreach/programs-and-services/low-vision-and...

We’re looking forward to seeing you and your students! For questions, contact Clinic Co-Coordinators: Alisha Ragainis alisha.ragainis@wcbvi.k12.wi.us Kay Glodowski kay.glodowski@wcbvi.k12.wi.us

"My student's parent learned a lot from ALL staff! You all are wonderful and well-informed. I am so grateful low vision clinics are offered in Wisconsin. Thank you." - Wisconsin Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Low Vision Clinic evaluations are for children who have usable residual vision and who have the physical and cognitive skills required to learn to appropriately use an optical aid. Students are evaluated by an Optometrist specializing in low vision care, a Low Vision Therapist, an Orientation and Mobility Instructor, and an Assistive Technology Specialist.

Refraction Clinic evaluations are available to students with low vision, who have additional disabilities. Because these students do not always respond favorably to a change in environment, such as in an ophthalmological testing and examination setting, difficulty in yielding reliable results is not uncommon. The purpose of the Refraction Clinic is to attempt to determine if glasses would be beneficial. Some limited information regarding functional levels of vision may be obtained through the clinic’s examination process and our staff will obtain data to assist in developing strategies for working with those students in this population.

Low Vision and Refraction Clinic evaluations do not replace routine eye care exams. As a result, it is expected that all students attending the clinic will have a recent eye report from their personal eye care practitioner.

There is no cost to families or districts for our clinics. Referrals are collected in the spring of each year using the Outreach Services Portal.  Clinics dates and locations are set by the fall of each school year based on the referrals.  Although clinics are set, if you find you need to add a student to the clinic schedule, you may be able to do so by contacting the clinic coordinator.

Teachers of the visually impaired will be notified in the fall of their scheduled clinic date and location The forms below are to be completed AFTER a clinic has been scheduled for your student or child.

For more information, please contact:
Alisha Ragainis, Clinic Coordinator
Phone: (608) 758-6151
Toll Free: 1-866-284-1107 x6151
Email: alisha.ragainis@wcbvi.k12.wi.us

Clinics Schedule
  • Friday November 16 - Stoughton
  • Friday December 7 - West Allis