Chief Executive Officer

Photo courtesy of UAB Callahan Eye

Dr. DeCarlo received her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science degrees from the UAB School of Optometry in 1992.  She earned her Master of Science in Public Health in 2012 and her PhD in Vision Science in 2020, also from UAB.  She completed residency training in vision rehabilitation at the Chicago West Side VA Medical Center and the Hines Central Blind Rehabilitation Center in 1993.  She served as faculty at the UAB School of Optometry until 2001 and then at Nova Southeastern College of Optometry until 2005.

From 2005-2023, she was a member of the UAB Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Director of the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation.  She is a Diplomate of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry.  Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute and the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research and focused on reading and vision impairment.

Prior to joining as the new CEO in October of 2023, she and Sight Savers America (SSA) had a long-term partnership that provided low vision evaluations and life-changing high-tech vision aids for Alabama children and adults with low vision. This partnership eliminated the backlogged need for visual assistive technology for Alabama children and continues to maintain its success each year. Dr. DeCarlo also played an important role in helping SSA develop its Low Vision and Blindness Program into a national model.

Email Dawn DeCarlo
1-877-942-2627 ext. 209