Our Doctors of Optometry have all completed advanced training in low vision eye care from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry which is internationally recognized for its excellence in patient care as well as its leadership in vision research.
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.
Our Doctors all work in private practice, working one day a week in Society for the Blind’s Low Vision Clinic. An exceptional clinic staff further enhances the work of our doctors, and helps coordinate their efforts to provide a complete, individualized solution to help you use your vision to the best advantage. 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 visual potential.
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. Marvin S. Nakamoto
Marvin Nakamoto, O.D. began his tenure at the Society for the Blind in 1981 as a volunteer while completing his education at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the staff of the Society for the Blind in 1987. Dr. Nakamoto graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1986 and currently practices optometry privately in Sacramento.
Dr. Kristin White
Kristin White, O.D. began her interest in Low Vision from the start of her training at New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts where she graduated in 2013. During her training, she completed low vision internships with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Boston University Eye Associates. Dr. White completed a residency in community health optometry where she also provided low vision care and worked closely with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. Dr. White currently practices community health optometry at MACT Health Board in San Andreas, CA. She and her husband, who is also an optometrist, enjoy hiking, biking, running and performing volunteer eye exams in Central and South America.
Dr. Ron Cole
Ron Cole M.D. has been working part time at the Society for the Blind since November 2016. Dr. Cole practiced medical/surgical ophthalmology in Sacramento from 1976 until developing a low vision rehabilitation program in 1998. He gradually transitioned to full time rehabilitation and closed the practice at the end of 2014.
Toni Boom, OTR/L 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.
Dr. Monica Rodriguez-Bayes
Monica Rodriguez-Bayes, O.D., MS graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 2016 and earned her Master of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University in 2008. She joined the staff of the Society for the Blind in 2017 and currently practices optometry in Grass Valley.
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.