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New England College of Optometry Graduate Receives Low Vision Residency Award

Rebecca Deffler Rebecca Deffler, OD17

New England College of Optometry, NECO, is pleased to announce that alumna Rebecca Deffler, OD ’17, has been selected to receive the Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Residency Award. The award is presented by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation and honors the memory of Alfred A. Rosebloom, Jr., OD, DOS, FAAO. The AAOF explains that “The Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Residency Award is intended to promote the practice and development of the field of low vision by providing incentive and support to sustain talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to practice, research, and education.”

Dr. Deffler explains, “I’m very grateful and honored to be selected as the recipient of the Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Low Vision Residency award.  Currently, I am an Advanced Practice Fellow in Low Vision Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, working as a clinical instructor and working towards my master’s degree in vision science.  My current research involves potential mediators of the relationship between socioeconomic status and treatment outcomes in age-related macular degeneration.  In the future, I hope to continue in optometric education, teaching low vision in clinical and didactic settings.”

NECO faculty and mentor Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO notes, “Dr. Deffler is most deserving of this award. She is a very dedicated clinician and clinician scientist, working to explore the best possible outcome for patients with neovascular macular degeneration.  As a clinician, no stone is left unturned. She will go above and beyond to seek every option to enhance the quality of life for her patients. “

Dr. Ross continues, “I'm so proud of the work alumni such as Rebecca do in the field of  low vision rehabilitation. They not only practice this specialty area, but are also involved in advancing new knowledge and providing a basis evidence for care.  This is what makes NECO special – as a community we constantly work to advance the field beyond current practice.”


About the Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Low Vision Residency Award:

The American Optometric Foundation at the American Academy of Optometry explains that the “The Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Low Vision Residency Award honors the memory of one of the AAOF's first Ezell Fellows, Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., OD, DOS, FAAO. Dr. Rosenbloom published more than 75 professional journal articles on topics of low vision rehabilitation, optometric gerontology, optometric education and public health, and co-authored three major textbooks including Vision and Aging. Dr. Rosenbloom was a Diplomate of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry and received the Academy’s William Feinbloom Award and Life Fellowship. The Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Residency Award is intended to promote the practice and development of the field of low vision by providing incentive and support to sustain talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to practice, research, and education.” (source: American Academy of Optometry Foundation website)


About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. NECO was founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, and is the oldest continuously operating school of optometry in the United States. NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences.   Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our work in our optical centers, school programs, community programs, community health centers, and VA medical centers.

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