Healthy Eyes, Healthy People grant recipient, American Optometric Association
The grant's funding helped to provide low vision evaluations for multiply-handicapped children in an under-served area of southwest Colorado.
Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, American Academy of Optometry
My research interests include quality of life and outcome measures of vision-related topics.
School of Medicine,
LaRochelle, JL Patnaik, AM Lynch, N Mandava, KS Hanson. Low vision referral patterns in intermediate age-related macular degeneration. Current Eye Research. 2022. Vol 47 (12). https://doi.org/10.1080/02713683.2022.2135104
Patnaik JL, Lynch AM, Pecen PE, Jasso M, Hanson K, Mathias MT, Palestine AG, Mandava N. The impact of advanced age-related macular degeneration on the National Eye Institute's Visual Function Questionnaire-25. Acta Ophthalmol. 2021 Nov;99(7):750-755. PubMed PMID: 33377625
K Hanson, S Nau, L Travernier, J Patnaik. Objective and Subjective Effects of Enchroma® Lenses on Color Vision in Observers with Color Deficiency. American Academy of Optometry Meeting Oct. 2020.
DC Lewerenz, KS Hanson, GR Hopkins. Technical Report: A new method for determining image distance for stand magnifiers. Optometry and Vision Science. December 2020; 97(12); 1048-052. https://doi.org/10.1097.OPX.0000000000001613
JL Patnaik, AM Lynch, PE Pecen, M Jasso, KS Hanson, MT Mathias, AG Palestine, N Mandava. The impact of advanced age-related macular degeneration and the National Eye Institute’s Visual Function Questionnaire-25. Acta Ophth. Dec 2020.
KS Hanson, DC Lewerenz, PS Subramanian. Springer 2020. Current Advances in Ophthalmic Technology. Chapter 9: Newer Techniques in Vision Restoration and Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-9795-0
Jennifer L. Patnaik, PhD, Paula E. Pecen, MD, Kara Hanson, OD, Anne M. Lynch, MB BCH BAO MSPH, Jennifer N. Cathcart, MPH, Frank S. Siringo, MD, Marc T. Mathias, MD, Naresh Mandava, MD. Driving and Visual Acuity in Patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oret.2018.11.004
My main interest is Low Vision Rehabilitation, which helps persons with permanent vision loss maximize the use their remaining vision through optical and non-optical strategies. I work with patients as young as 3-4 years to 100+ years.
Our team consists of optometrists specializing in Low Vision Rehabilitation and occupational therapists with expertise in working with low vision patients. Our overall goal is to increase independence and quality of life by addressing the specific visual tasks/needs individually. We work with each patient to develop their unique treatment plan based on the patient's specific goals for improving their visual function for their daily activities.
In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors: hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking and biking.
I served on the Colorado Commission for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (CCIBVI) and also work with the Low Vision Committee of the Colorado Optometric Association (COA). I am on the local organizing committee for ISLRR's Vision 2023 international conference to be held in Denver in 2023.
Public Speaking Yes
I provide continuing education lectures, symposia and seminars for health care providers, educators, people with low vision and parents of children with low vision.
OD, University of Houston
BA, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (MN)