Roanne Flom


Contact Information

Postal address: 
338 W 10th Ave Room 333 Fry hall Columbus, OH 43210

Biographical narrative

Dr. Flom is a Professor of Clinical Optometry at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Her main focus is low vision rehabilitation of individuals with impaired vision from serious disorders of the visual system. 

She teaches the Low Vision Rehabilitation and Gerontology course, trains low vision residents and fellows, and participates in training of graduate students pursuing masters degrees in Vision Science. She also serves as Chief of the OSU Low Vision Rehabilitation Service, with responsibility each year for about 800 patient visits and for the training of over 60 interns.

She previously served on faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she co-founded the Johns Hopkins Low Vision Consultation Service and trained low vision residents, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught low vision care.

Her main research interest is in visual performance by persons with impaired vision, especially related to reading, driving, and contrast vision. She currently collaborates in reading research, multiple studies of driving, and the federal grant “Efficient Assessment of Visual Deficits in Low Vision” (R01 EY025658 National Eye Institute 12/01/2015 –11/30/2020; PI Deyue Yu).

Dr. Flom is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a diplomate of the Academy’s Low Vision Section. She is past Chair of the Academy's Low Vision Section and had leadership roles in its Diplomate Program for many years. She founded the Low Vision Educator's Special Interest Group of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, and participated in that group's development of Entry Level and Advanced Competencies in Low Vision.

She has a bachelors degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a doctorate in optometry, with subsequent post-graduate training in low vision and binocular vision from the University of California at Berkeley.


  • 1984, O.D., Berkeley University of California
  • 1980, B.A., Stanford University


  • Diplomate of Low Vision Section, 19920101
  • Fellowship, 19890101 - 19890101
  • JH Bailey Award, 19840101 - 19840101
  • Weymouth Travel Fellowship, 19800101 - 19800101