Assistant Professor - Practice
I am a driven doctor of optometry with an interest in low vision practice, education, and research—especially pertaining to quality of life enhancement for the visually impaired through new advances and exciting breakthroughs.
In order to maximize my talents in these areas, I completed a master’s in vision science in 2014 by training with Professor Angela M. Brown, PhD at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. Brown’s primary area of research is visual development, including work on visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, contrast discrimination, infant color vision, and infant vernier acuity.
I also completed post-graduate clinical fellowship training in 2014, which included two years of experience directly focused in low vision care. During this time, I provided laboratory instruction of optometry students enrolled in didactic study underneath our clinic chief, Professor of Clinical Optometry, Roanne E. Flom, OD. Dr. Flom is an expert low vision practitioner, having practiced for almost 30 years. She is a diplomate in Low Vision and previous chair of the American Academy of Optometry’s Low Vision Section.
I have had the opportunity to practice off-site pediatric low vision at the OH State School for the Blind (OSSB) clinical outreach site since 2012. As preceptor for this weekly extern rotation, I have worked steadily to ensure that the clinic is outfitted to perceive and preserve the visual abilities of students with a wide range of serious ocular conditions. The work we do there helps to identify OSSB students who would be expected to benefit from specialty services through low vision evaluation, prosthetics evaluation, or ophthalmic specialist referrals. I also serve as a consultant to the nursing and educational staff regarding functional and medical issues for specific students.
In 2013, I presented a resident case report poster regarding visual disability determination at the American Academy of Optometry annual meeting and a poster on the assessment of visual acuity and contrast sensitivity of visually impaired children and adults using novel testing methodologies at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). In 2014, I spent a month at the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, where I presented six guest lectures and five clinical low vision workshops.
I have been a part-time staff optometrist for the Eye Clinic at the Columbus VA since 2013, where I have been refining the clinic’s specialized low vision exam templates, testing equipment and device inventory selections. I coordinate weekly with the optometrists practicing in the low vision component of their Chillicothe/Columbus VA residency training. I served on the national VA low vision exam template design committee and as a module leader for a COPE-accredited online continuing education course regarding low vision device prescription. My goal in this area is to enhance the quality of life for our veterans with vision loss by fostering a cohesive multidisciplinary VIST, BROS, and low vision optometrist approach to patient care.
- Jack T. Keith Young Optometrist of the Year, 20151001
- Title of Publication: Optom Vis SciTitle of Entry: Evaluation of Interobserver Agreement in Meibomian Gland Dysfunction AssessmentAuthor(s): Powell DR, Hopkins GR, Jordan LA, Nichols JJ, Nichols KKPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: 2011Volume: 88Pagination: E-abstract 110501Type of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falseRecord created at source: 28 June 2017