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Nicole Ross, OD, MSc

Nicole Ross

Research Profile

  • Clinical Fellow in Low Vision Rehabilitation, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Optometric Resident in Vision Rehabilitation, Ohio State University, College of Optometry, Columbus, OH
  • MSc in Vision Sciences, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • OD, New England College of Optometry

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Dr. Ross is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Specialty and Advanced Care. Her clinical area of expertise in is in low vision rehabilitation. She is a clinical instructor for optometry interns in low vision at New England Eye Commonwealth, and Perkins School for the blind. At the college, Dr. Ross is an instructor for the following courses: Low Vision Rehabilitation throughout the Life Span and Principle and Practice of Optometry I and II.

Dr. Ross matriculated from the New England College of Optometry dual degree OD / MSc program achieving honors with distinction in both degrees. She conducted her dissertation work in low vision research at Schepens Eye Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ross was presented with the 2009 Atwell Award in low vision at the annual ARVO meeting for this work. She then completed her residency in vision rehabilitation at Ohio State University where she also supervised and participated in the clinical teaching of student interns. Subsequently, she completed a two-year clinical fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Additionally, part of her time in the fellowship program was devoted to clinical research within the Departments of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. Ross' research focuses on evaluating outcomes of low vision rehabilitation care and low vision aid device development. Specifically, her research involves:

  • Investigating image-processing algorithms and the use of head-mounted displays for low vision (collaboration with Bob Massof at Johns Hopkins University and Frank Weblin at University of California, Berkeley)
  • Retrospective review of ocular findings associated with CHARGE Syndrome (collaboration with Dr. Barry Kran)
  • Outcomes and impact of a mobile low vision clinic services
  • Investigating the validity of the JND Rule
  • Oculomotor behavior and training for people with low vision  (collaboration with Peter Bex from Northeastern University)
  • Feasibility of tele-rehabilitation for patients with macular degeneration (collaboration with Ava Bittner (NOVA), Tony Succar (Envision), JD Sheppard (UNMC), Patrick Yoshinaga (Ketchum) , and J Vernon Odom (West Virginia University Eye Institute)
  • Investigating methods to increase referrals and availability of low vision services

Selected Peer-Reviewed Abstracts:                                                                                                   

American Academy of Optometry: Anaheim, CA – November 2016

  • Hanley, A; Wright, D; Ross, NC.  Poster Presentation.  “Ocular manifestations and functional vision in a case of infantile malignant autosomal recessive osteopetrosis.” 
  • Deffler, R; Hanley, A; Kran, B; Wright, D; Bent, D; Ross, NC.  Poster Presentation.  “Taking CHARGE: A clinical chart review of ocular findings in CHARGE syndrome.” 
  • Ross, NC; Goetz, K; Aguirre, G; Cideciyan, A; Ying, H. Low Vision Section Symposium. “Treating Retinal Degenerations Today and Tomorrow: How close are we to curing genetic eye disease?”

Optometry’s Meeting, American Association of Optometry: Boston, MA – June 2016

  • Gobeille, M; Ross, NC.  Invited lecture, Vision Rehabilitation Member’s forum.  “Measuring outcomes of low vision rehabilitation delivered by a mobile clinic.” 
  • Gobeille, M; Ross, NC.  Poster Presentation.  “A hint of tint: Exploring glare control methods in the context of aniridia.” 
  • Deffler, R; Chin, R; Ross, NC.  Poster Presentation.  “Low vision care of a patient affected by Donnai-Barrow facio-oculo-acustico-renal syndrome.” 

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology: Seattle, WA – May 2016

  • Gobeille, M; Jamara, R, Chu, G, Malkin, A, Ross, NC.  Poster Presentation.  “Clinically meaningful outcomes of low vision rehabilitation by a mobile clinic.”  Recipient of the 2016 Atwell Award

American Academy of Optometry: New Orleans, LA – October 2015

  • Ross, NC; Woods, R; Chung, S; Visscher, K; Rubin, G. Low Vision Section Symposium. “Update on the preferred retinal locus: what have we learned about visual function and the development of the pseudofovea in the context of macular disease?”

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology: Denver, CO – May 2015

  • Natale D, Ross N, Bradley C, Werblin FS, Boger Y, Teitelbaum D, Massof RW.  Poster Presentation.  “Independent effects of angular and relative distance magnification on reading speed in normal and low vision subjects.”
  • Werblin FS, Massof RW, Ross NC, Natale D, Bradley C, Boger Y, Teitelbaum D. Poster Presentation.  “Gaze-directed magnification: Developing a head-mounted, wide field, immersive, electronic low vision aid.”

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology: Orlando, FL –May 2014

  • Ross, NC. Invited speaker “Does binocular suppression limit the functionality of unilateral low vision devices?”  Low Vision Cross-Sectional Symposium- Binocular Vision Meets Low Vision

Vision 2014 - 11th International Conference on Low Vision: Melbourne, Australia – Mar 2014  

  • Ross, NC, S Hassan, RW Massof, J Stelmack. Paper presentation. “Do the properties of the preferred retinal locus change with eccentric viewing training?”

American Academy of Optometry: Seattle, WA – Oct 2013

  • Ross, NC, S Hassan, RW Massof, J Stelmack. Paper presentation. “Do patients undergoing eccentric viewing training adapt a different, trained, preferred retinal locus?”

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology: Seattle, WA – May 2013

  • Ross, NC, JE Goldstein, RW Massof. Paper presentation. “Association of Self-Reported Task Difficulty with Binocular Central Scotoma Locations” E-Abstract No. 2188.  Also presented at Wilmer Research Meeting

American Academy of Optometry: Boston, MA – Oct 2011

  • Ross, NC, SS Cooley, R Flom. Resident’s day poster presentation. “Unique Devices for Unique Demands – Low Vision Rehabilitation in a Case of Neuromyelitis Optica”

American Academy of Optometry: San. Francisco, CA – Nov 2010

  • Ross, NC, AR Bowers, E Peli. Poster presentation.  “Detection performance when using unilateral peripheral prism spectacles for hemianopia” Abstract No. 105977

American Academy of Optometry: San. Francisco, CA – Nov 2010

  • Gunn, RJ, NC Ross, et al. Poster presentation. “Prevalence of Pterygium in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic” Abstract No. 105263

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology: Ft. Lauderdale, FL – May 2009

  • Ross, NC, AR Bowers, E Peli. Poster presentation. “Consideration of optical scotomas in designing visual field expansion devices” E-Abstract No. 4734.  Also presented at Harvard Ophthalmology Conference, Recipient of the 2009 Atwell Award


Hanely, A; Deffler, R; Kran, B; Wright, D; Kran, B; Ross, NC. “Retrospective review of ocular findings and low vision rehabilitation management in CHARGE syndrome”, in progress.

Hassan, S, NC Ross, RW Massof, J Stelmack. “Do the properties of the preferred retinal locus change with eccentric viewing training?” in progress.

Ross, NC, JE Goldstein, RW Massof.  “Impact of Binocular Central Scotoma Locations on Self-Reported Task Difficulty”, in progress.

Goldstein JE, Ross NC, Kheradmand A, Gold DR. Visual, Oculomotor and Vestibular Deficits. In: Stein J., Harvey RL., Macko RF., Winstein CJ., RD. Z, eds. Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation, 2nd ed. New York: Demos Medical Publishing LLC; 2014.

Ross NC, Bowers AR, Peli E. Peripheral prism glasses: effects of dominance, suppression, and background. Optometry and Vision Science, 2012; 89, 1343-1352.

Apfelbaum HL, Ross NC, Bowers A, Peli E. Considering Optical Scotomas When Prescribing Prisms for Homonymous Hemianopia. Translational Vision Science & Technology, 2013; 4, 1-22.