Deffler receives AAOF Low Vision Residency Award

Rebecca A. Deffler, OD, clinical instructor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, was chosen by a committee of members in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s recipient for the Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., Low Vision Residency Award.


Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., OD, DOS, FAAO lead a career marked by stellar accomplishments as a teacher, writer, lecturer and administrator and was the recipient of numerous awards. Dr. Rosenbloom was not only one of the first Ezell Fellows but 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.


This 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. Bradley E. Dougherty, OD, PhD, FAAO, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry said “Rebecca has impressed everyone here at the college with her intelligence, initiative, and maturity. She has all the qualities necessary to provide significant contributions to the field of low vision rehabilitation and vision impairment in the future.”


Of the six applicants who applied to the program, Rebecca presented an impressive resume of experience in clinical research, volunteer service, and poster presentation experience. Rebecca will receive a $2,000 education award and a $750 travel fellowship to attend Academy 2018 San Antonio.



The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization that develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to improve patient clinical care and is an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry.