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Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO, DAAO(LV)

  • Associate Professor of Optometry
  • Attending Optometrist, NECO Center for Eye Care, Commonwealth
  • Attending Optometrist, Perkins School for the Blind
  • Attending Optometrist, Carroll Center for the Blind


Fellowship, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Residency, Vision Rehabilitation, Ohio State University, College of Optometry
OD, New England College of Optometry
MSc, Vision Science, New England College of Optometry

Areas of Expertise

Professional Honors & Awards

2021 Diplomate, American Academy of Optometry
2020 Dupuis-Pellerin Award for Faculty Excellence, New England College of Optometry
2016 ASCO Rising Star Award
2015 Preceptor of the Year for OD1, New England College of Optometry
2015 Preceptor of the Year for OD2, New England College of Optometry
2012 Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
2011 William Feinbloom Student Award for contributions to the field of low vision
2011 NECO Alumni Award Scholarship for outstanding contributions to the optometric profession
2010 Minnie Flaura Turner Memorial Award for Impaired Vision Research
2009 Atwell Award, best presentation by junior scientist at ARVO in low vision
2008-2011 Beta Sigma Kappa membership, honors with distinction in optometry

Practice Locations

NECO Center for Eye Care, Commonwealth
Perkins School for the Blind
Carroll Center for the Blind

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Optometry
Clinical Diplomate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, 2021
Current Secretary and Active Member of Vision and Aging SIG

American Association For Research In Vision And Ophthalmology
Active Member of CL and LV Cross-sectional Group, 2009 – Present
Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Low Vision Cross Sectional Group, 2017 – 2020, Chair 2020
Low Vision Research Group, Co-Chair, 2017-2019

Academy for Certification for Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals
Board of Directors Member, 2021 – 2023

American Optometric Association
Vision Rehabilitation Section Member

American Schools & Colleges of Optometry
Low Vision Educators SIG
Member of Low Vision Educators Steering Committee, July 2019 – Present

Canadian Association of Optometrists, Alberta Optometric Association
International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation
Massachusetts Society of Optometrists
Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity International

Research Interests

Ocular Structure-Function Relationships
Epidemiology of Vision Impairment
Evidenced-Based Clinical Practice
Translational Research in Vision Testing and Enhancement Technologies

Research Involvement

Dr. Nicole Ross’ Lab

Publications & Presentations

NCBI Publications

Masters Students

Nicole Adam, OD/MS ’21
Brittany Bowman, OD/MS ’22 candidate
Maria Riaz, OD ’24 candidate, MS ’23 candidate