Washington School for the Blind Pacific Optometry Clinic

Pacific EyeClinic Washington School for the Blind

Pacific EyeClinic Washington School for the Blind
Pacific University operates a low vision clinic located at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver. It serves the needs of a special population with reduced vision due to disease, trauma, or other causes. Some patients are students of the School for the Blind, but others are persons with special vision care needs living in the general community.

Emergency Care
The clinic provides functional low vision assessments for qualifying patients.  Patients continue receiving regular and emergency care from their primary eyecare providers.

Low vision patients from Washington and Northern Idaho (the area served by the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight & Hearing) can call (360) 696-6321 ext 120 for an appointment.

The clinic operates two days per week during the academic calendar of the Washington State School for the blind.  The clinic generally opens in early September and continues until mid-May.  Specific times can be obtained by calling (360) 696-6321.

The clinic is located at 2214 East 13th. St., Vancouver, WA, 98661.

The clinic exists as a unique collaboration between the School for the Blind, which provides exam rooms, utilities, and administrative support staff; the College of Optometry, which supplies equipment, a director, and student interns; and the Lions clubs of Washington and Northern Idaho, which supply funds to support low vision patients who live in the area the clubs serve. Patients are responsible for purchasing their own lenses or other low vision equipment, but those with special needs often receive help from individual Lions clubs.

Last year the clinic operated on a two day per week basis and served over 100 special needs patients with conditions including retinopathy of prematurity, trauma, retinitis pigmentosa, albinism, diabetic retinopathy, congenital glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other blinding anomalies.

Following their examinations, patients can be prescribed high-power spectacle lenses, stand or hand-held magnifiers, telescopes, microscopes, lens tints and filters, closed-circuit video displays, head-mounted displays, or a variety of other aids.

Professional services are provided at no cost to the patient.  Patients can purchase low vision devices that have been determined to be beneficial as a result of the evaluation.