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Abstracts Published Online for ARVO 2020 Meeting

June 2020

Lab members submitted abstracts that were accepted for the 2020 ARVO Meeting. Unfortunately, the meeting which was scheduled for May 1-7 in Baltimore, Maryland was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The published abstracts include: Dougherty, Deffler, and Cooley: “Mediators of the relationship between socioeconomic status and visual acuity in age-related macular degeneration.” (https://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2767120&resultClick=1) and Dougherty, Weed, Srikantan: “Use of a Naturalistic Test of Silent Reading and Reading Comprehension in People with Low Vision.” (https://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2768489&resultClick=1)

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Rebecca Deffler receives the 2019 Minnie and Roseanna Turner Award 

June 2019

Dr. Rebecca Deffler has recieved the Minnie and Roseanna Turner Fund for Impaired Vision Research 2019 Graduate Award in Support of Research Pertaining to Improvement of Vision and Coping with Impaired Vision. Dr. Deffler, who is pursuing a PhD at the College of Optometry at OSU, is working to determine the potential mediators of the relationship between low socioeconomic status and poor vision in people with age-related macular degeneration. See: https://www.instagram.com/p/By0nOzEh7C_/

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Chakuroff, Deffler, and Sanata Complete Masters Thesis Defenses

May 2019

Three students from the lab successfully completed M.S. degrees in Vision Science recently. Carolyn Chakuroff successfully defended her M.S. thesis, titled “The Effect of Complement Factor H Y402H Polymorphism on Visual Outcomes after Anti-VEGF Treatment of Exudative Age-related Macular Degeneration.” Kelsey Sanata successfully defended her M.S. thesis, titled “Driving Exposure in Bioptiuc Drivers with Low Vision.” Rebecca Deffler successfully defended her M.S. thesis, titled “Socioeconomic Factors related to Visual Outcomes in Patients with Macular Degeneration.” Congratulations to all three on a job well done.

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Dougherty, Deffler, and Sanata Present at the Envision Conference East 2019 Meeting

March 2019

Lab members presented at the 2019 Low Vision Envision Conference East in Birmingham, Alabama. Rebecca Deffler and Kelsey Sanata were panelists in the Current Research in Low Vision Rehabilitation Session, and Bradley Dougherty served as moderator. Deffler’s presentation was titled: “Educational Attainment, Missed Clinical Appointments, and Visual Acuity in Age-related Macular Degeneration,” and Sanata’s, “Driving Exposure in Bioptic Drivers with Low Vision.”


Lab Members to Present Work at the American Academy of Optometry 2018 Meeting

October 2018

Lab members will be presenting at the 2018 American Academy of Optometry meeting in San Antonio, TX, which runs from November 7-10. Scientific paper presentations include: Bradley Dougherty: “Stress, Depression, and C-Reactive Protein Levels in Patients Being Treated for Age-related Macular Degeneration” in the “Age-Related Macular Degeneration” Session on November 8, 2018, Sloane Weed: “A Naturalistic Test of Silent Reading and Reading Comprehension” in the “Reading and Reading Disorders” Session on November 9, 2018, and Rebecca Deffler: “Socioeconomic Status and Uncorrected Refractive Error in Age-related Macular Degeneration” in the “Age-Related Macular Degeneration” Session on November 8, 2018.


Rebecca Deffler receives the 2018 AAOF Low Vision Residency Award

September 2018


Dr. Rebecca Deffler has been awarded the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Low Vision Residency Award for 2018 by a committee of members in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry. https://www.aaopt.org/home/aaof/programs/programs-residents/alfred-rosenbloom-jr-low-vision-residency-award


Sloane Weed receives a 2018 American Academy of Optometry Student Travel Fellowship Award

September 2018


Sloane Weed has been awarded the 2018 American Academy of Optometry Student Travel Fellowship to attend the 2018 meeting in San Antonio, Tx. At the meeting, Sloane will present her work on a new test of sustained reading and comprehension. https://www.aaopt.org/detail/news/2018/09/06/2018-american-academy-of-optometry-student-travel-fellowship-recipients-announced


Feature Issue of Optometry and Vision Science on Assistive Technology for Low Vision

September 2018

Dr. Dougherty served as lead editor for a September 2018 feature issue of Optometry and vision Science entitled “Assistive Technology in Vision Impairment.” The issue contains 25 articles on a range of topics, from head-mounted magnification systems to sensory substitution devices, that show how researchers are leveraging technology for low vision rehabilitation. You can find it here: https://journals.lww.com/optvissci/toc/2018/09000.


2018 Research to Prevent Blindness Innovations in Technology Low Vision Research Award Awarded to Dougherty, Hopkins, and Henry

June 2018

Dr. Dougherty received a $150,000 award from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation and Research to Prevent Blindness for his project, Evaluation of a Head-mounted Device for Reading and Wayfinding. The Innovations in Technology Low Vision Research Award provides seed funding for innovative, cutting-edge, collaborative research that demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking and approaches that are mindful of the needs of low vision patients. Dr. Dougherty will work with Dr. Greg Hopkins of The Ohio State University College of Optometry and Brad Henry of EduTechnologic, LLC to answer important questions that aid patients who suffer from vision loss navigate difficult environments and gain independence.


Kelsey Ferlin and Carolyn Chakuroff Awarded Walman Scholarships

June 2018


Kelsey and Carolyn were among five OSU Optometry winners of the 2018 Walman Scholarship. https://optometry.osu.edu/news/2018-06-13/ohio-state-optometry-students-receive-walman-scholarship


Carolyn Chakuroff Wins University Graduate/Professional Student Award

April 2018


Carolyn received a 2018 Graduate and Professional Student Leadership award on April 13. Here is a description of the award: “Among the highest honors conferred to graduate and professional students, this award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions in leadership and service outside their academic program. Students should also have demonstrated the ability to balance scholarship with their leadership and involvement.”  https://www.instagram.com/p/BgTxUkFguim/?taken-by=ohiostateoptometry