Vision rehabilitation specialists use a combination of lenses, lighting, magnification devices, and non-optical aids to maximize a person’s ability to participate in those daily activities. Although vision rehabilitation is not a substitute for any medical care you may be receiving for your eyes, it will serve to make the most of the visual function.
Chief, Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center
Providers by Location
Certified Low Vision Therapists
James T. Deremeik, RT., CLVT
Education/Rehabilitation Program Manager James Deremeik, RT, CLVT, is the Education/Rehabilitation Program Manager and since 1994, has been a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, collaborating on research projects, teaching professionals low vision rehabilitation, and providing low vision rehabilitation care. With over 30 years experience in the area of low vision education and rehabilitation, Mr. Deremeik has established successful low vision programs for children at the Arkansas School for the Blind and the Maryland School for the Blind and helped create a low vision rehabilitation program for an adult population that resulted in the Richard Hoover Services for Low Vision and Blindness. Mr. Deremeik has published and lectured on a variety of subjects in the education and rehabilitation area of low vision and maintains an active interest in issues impacting the field of low vision rehabilitation.
Kristen Shifflett, OT
Locations: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bel Air, Johns Hopkins Greenspring Station Kristen L. Shifflett, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV is an occupational therapist who specializes in low vision. Kristen has been a part of Johns Hopkins since 2006 when she first started working at Johns Hopkins Bayview at inpatient rehabilitation. Johns Hopkins Bayview is a certified stroke rehabilitation center, so Kristen started focusing on vision rehabilitation with neuro-patients. In 2012, Mrs. Shifflett completed a low vision certificate program from University of Alabama Birmingham. In 2013, Kristen transferred to the Wilmer Lions Low vision Rehabilitation and Research Center to focus on providing vision rehabilitation to patients full time. In 2015, Mrs. Shifflett achieve her certification in low vision from Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and educational Professionals (ACVREP) and 2018 achieved her specialty certification in low vision from American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Over the past 8 years, Mrs. Shifflett has focus on finding ways to educate the community about low vision by presenting at local and national conferences, participating in education of the local Lions Clubs, mentoring therapist who are interested in low vision practice and starting a peer-support group, See us network (SUN) with patients from low vision clinic.
Heather Connors, COA, CLVT
Occupational Therapist Heather Connors, COA, CLVT, is the ophthalmic technician and certified low vision therapist for the Vision Rehabilitation clinic. She joined the Wilmer team in 2017 and became the first full time technician for the Vision Rehabilitation clinic 2018. With over 20 years in the optical world, she brings her experience in optics to the team.
Cross-discipline Research Faculty
While all of our clinical faculty engage in low vision-related research, there are additional Wilmer faculty conducting cross-disciplinary research related to low vision, aging and vision and visual disability and rehabilitation.
Chris Bradley, Ph.D.,
Chris Bradley, Ph.D., is a research associate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research ranges from developing improved models of visual processing, advancing the mathematics used to analyze medical research data, and developing vision tests for head-mounted displays. Dr. Bradley earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.