Cynthia Owsley, PhD Receives 2019 Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research

March 1, 2019

Cynthia Owsley, PhD

Cynthia Owsley, PhD, professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology, has been awarded the Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research for 2019.

The Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research was created in 2012 by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Foundation for Eye Research with support from Lighthouse Guild. The award recognizes an individual for their role in furthering low vision research and rehabilitation.

“Thanks to Lighthouse Guild supporting the Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research, a scientist working in this vital area of research receives recognition and funding to support their work,” said ARVO Executive Director Iris M. Rush, CAE. “Dr. Owsley’s research has direct impact on those living with low vision and the impact it has on real-world activities. We are honored to recognize her work through this award.” 

Dr. Owsley’s research focuses on the impact of aging on vision. Studies address why some older adults in normal macular health transition to age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults in the United States. Owsley’s research also addresses the relationship between vision and driving and strategies that can improve routine eye care access and utilization among older adults at risk for eye disease and vision impairment.

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