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Occupational therapist with low vision helps her peers find independence

Kathryn Marxen-Simonson helps a patient learn to navigate with visual aids.
Kathryn Marxen-Simonson is an occupational therapy at Casey Eye Institute's Vision Rehabilitation Center.

Kathryn Marxen-Simonson, 30, of Portland, Oregon, has had limited vision since she was 3 ½ months old, when she developed retinopathy of prematurity as a baby born prematurely at 25 weeks gestation...Read the article.

Local TV station KATU News aired a story featuring the Low Vision Rehabilitation Center's occupational therapist, Kathryn Marxen-Simonson, and one of her cliets, View the video.

Donor spotlight: Glenn and Marilyn Hart

The Harts are valued OHSU donors and great supporters of Casey Eye Institute.

Marilyn Hart likes to joke that her longtime doctor, Casey Eye Institute Director David Wilson, MD, the Paul H. Casey chair in ocular oncology, once told her she could be a “poster child” for successful eye surgeries. Read the full article.

Dr. David Wilson is inaugural recipient of the Paul H. Casey Chair in Ocular Oncology

Dr. David Wilson with donor Paul H. Casey and leaders from OHSU and Casey Eye Institute
Left to right: Michael F. Chiang, M.D. Paul H. Casey, David J. Wilson, M.D., Andreas K. Lauer, M.D., Danny Jacobs, M.D.

David Wilson, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, OHSU School of Medicine, and director, Casey Eye Institute, was appointed the inaugural recipient of the Paul H. Casey Chair in Ocular Oncology....Read more.

A Living Legend

Dr. Robert Watzke reflects on his career as an ophthalmologist at OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Dr. Robert Watzke was a retina specialist at OHSU Casey Eye Institute
Casey's beloved Dr. Robert Watzke reflects on his remarkable career as a "living legend" in ophthalmology in this podcast produced by OHSU News.

Doing work you love is a key ingredient in a long, satisfying career. No one knows this better than Robert Watzke, a professor in the OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Dr. Watzke joined OHSU as a full professor in 1984 after a 30-year career in Iowa. He recently retired but is still involved in teaching residents. Listen to the OHSU Now interview. 

High hopes for 4-year-old’s vision after gene therapy

A young boy with inherited retinal disease walks with his dad. He was treated with the first FDA approved gene therapy Luxturna.

Throughout his first four years, young Caspian Soto has navigated life differently than most.

He wears a headlamp to brighten the world before him and uses a cane to feel the ground’s surface – and sometimes, for fun, also rides it like a witch on a broom. Without these items, he used to become frustrated as he routinely bumped into objects that were in clear view for others, but hidden to him...Read the full article.

Elks association essential to OHSU’s fight against childhood blindness

The Elks Children's Eye Clinic new building attached to the current Casey Eye Institute

Thanks to a $20 million pledge from the Elks, OHSU is able to break ground June 2 on a $50 million, 60,000 square-foot building that will be named the Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic...Read the full article.

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