Our doctors all have specialty training in low vision eye care. Evaluations focus on determining your functional vision and identifying those tools that will enhance your ability to do the things that are important to you.
The Low Vision Clinic also serves as a designated clinic for externships of the UC Berkeley, School of Optometry. Through this partnership, Society for the Blind is able to provide the most current Low Vision treatment techniques and procedures to our patients.
Many of our doctors work in private practice, working one day a week in Society for the Blind’s Low Vision Clinic. Our staff works closely with you, your eye doctor, and family to ensure that you have both the skills and devices needed to maximize your independence in meaningful activities.
Dr. Arie Wong
Arie Wong, O.D. joined the Society for the Blind in August 2017. She was a Regent Scholar of the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated magna cum laude with honors in 2012 with a B.S. degree. She completed her optometric education at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 2016 and a residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation at State University of New York, College of Optometry 2017.
Dr. Anthony Castanares
Anthony Castanares, O.D. originally hails from the San Francisco, Bay Area. He joined Society for the Blind in September of 2019. Dr. Castanares graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelors in Biological Sciences and minor in Exercise Biology. He completed his Doctor of Optometry degree at Southern California College of Optometry in 2017 and later completed a residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation at Oklahoma College of Optometry in 2019. Dr. Castanares was a speaker at the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians Vision Summit where he delivered a continuing education lecture on Low Vision Rehabilitation.
Toni Boom, OT graduated with a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State University in 2006. Toni has worked in various practice settings, including hospital and skilled nursing rehabilitation, and has specialized in vision rehabilitation since 2008.
Rachel Norton, OTR/L graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2012. She joined Society for the Blind in June 2019. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Rachel worked with the blind and visually impaired population as a Recreation Therapist at the Lighthouse of Houston. Rachel also works with the pediatric population in both clinic and school settings.
Low Vision Clinic in the Community
Raising awareness of low vision and easing the challenges it may have on our lives, is part of our commitment to serve our community. We are active in not only educating our patients, but educating and advocating within our community.
Our Doctors and clinic staff are available to give informative and educational presentations to your group. Please contact us to invite a member of our Low Vision Clinic team to speak to your company, civic organization or support group or call (916) 452-8271.