Oberdorfer Award for Low Vision Research

Honoring exemplary low vision research

Michael D. Oberdorfer, PhD

This award honors Michael D. Oberdorfer, PhD, who served for many years at the National Eye Institute (NEI) as director of Strabismus, Amblyopia and Visual Processing and director of Low Vision and Blindness Rehabilitation for the NEI Extramural Research Program. His support of low vision research led to an expansion of funded grants in that field.

This award recognizes the seminal contributions of Michael D. Oberdorfer, PhD in support of low vision research. First presented in 2012, the Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research is supported by the Lighthouse Guild through the ARVO Foundation. Awardees receive a $1,250 honorarium, an inscribed award and invitations to several special events at the ARVO Annual Meeting.

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2019 Oberdorfer Award for Low Vision Research recipient

Cynthia Owsley, PhD, FARVO
University of Alabama at Birmingham
"The effects of mesopic light levels on vision and functional activities"