Low Vision and Refraction Clinics

Photo of Clinic Coordinator Alisha Ragainis working with a student.

"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
  • Tuesday October 24 - Marshfield
  • Wednesday October 25 - Eau Claire
  • Friday November 10 - Dodgeville
  • Friday January 12 - Madison
  • Friday February 9 - Kenosha
  • Friday April 13 - Milwaukee
  • Friday May 4 - Janesville