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University of Alabama at Birmingham Expands Vision Therapy Clinic

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It can now handle up to 2,500 visits a year.

The Vision Therapy Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry has undergone a significant expansion geared toward “enabling more than twice as many patients with conditions affecting eye teaming, visual tracking and focusing to be treated.”

“When I started at UAB, it was my goal to bring therapy services to our patients and to give the School of Optometry students an education that would allow them to provide vision therapy services to their patients after graduation,” said Dr. Kristine Hopkins, chief of the UAB Vision Therapy Clinic. “Since moving to the new space, the Vision Therapy Clinic now has the capacity for up to 2,500 therapy visits per year, and third-year optometry students with an interest in binocular vision can elect to have two therapy rotations during their third professional year.”

The clinic treats patients with conditions such as convergence insufficiency, accommodative insufficiency, intermittent exotropia and ocular motor dysfunction.

“With the addition of Dr. Tamara Oechslin to our clinical staff, we hope to also begin working with children who have visual processing disorders,” Hopkins said, according to UAB’s website.

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