Dr. Kara Hanson completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and her Doctor of Optometry at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO). She was a faculty member at UHCO before moving to Colorado in 2005, where she is currently the Director of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Service and Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 2011 she was awarded a Health Eyes, Healthy People grant from the American Optometric Association (AOA) to increase access for pediatric low vision evaluations to rural preschoolers. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and AOA member of the Vision Rehabilitation Section. While her main interests involve clinical care of people with low vision, she has also lectured on topics involving low vision and low vision rehabilitation on the national and international level. Her research interests include clinical outcomes of low vision device use, impact of visual impairment on quality of life, and functional vision performance.