Mobility Enhancement & Vision Rehabilitation

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The mission of the Harvard Ophthalmology Mobility Enhancement and Vision Rehabilitation is to develop and apply real world and virtual environments for research, clinical assessment, and rehabilitation training to enable visually impaired patients to safely achieve greater freedom and enhanced quality of life through improved ability to navigate on foot or by car.

Mobility Enhancement & Vision Rehabilitation

CO-DIRECTOR
Eliezer (Eli) Peli, OD, MSc
Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD
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and Vision Rehabilitation faculty


People with impaired vision deserve freedom of mobility and the higher quality of life that comes with it. Our faculty focus on the development of new low vision aids and evaluation techniques for those with partial visual field loss from stroke, traumatic brain injuries, central vision loss from AMD, and peripheral field vision loss from glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa so they can navigate and move more safely on foot and by car.

The mobility center works directly at the clinical applied phase of research. Our researchers are creating novel and innovative technologies and techniques to give people with impaired vision greater mobility and quality of life.

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Jae-Hyun Jung, PhD, receives 2017 Alice J. Adler Fellowship

Jae-Hyun Jung, PhD, receives 2017 Alice J. Adler Fellowship

April 13, 2017

Jae-Hyun Jung, PhD, is the recipient of the 2017 Alice J. Adler Fellowship of the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear in the amount of $30,000 over one year for his project, “The best field expansion configuration for using multiplexing prism for homonymous hemianopia.” This award is part of the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine.

New glasses may help minimize peripheral vision loss

New glasses may help minimize peripheral vision loss

December 19, 2016

Information for this release was provided by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Rockville, Md. — Vision scientists may have discovered how to reduce pedestrian collisions in crowded and chaotic open space environments like bus terminals, shopping malls and city plazas involving individuals with partial blindness. Researchers have determined from which direction collisions with partially blind pedestrians are most likely to originate. This understanding will guide the development of new glasses that expand the sight of a person with Read more about New glasses may help minimize peripheral vision loss

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Researchers develop magnifying smartphone screen application using Google Glass for visually impaired

April 22, 2016

Mass. Eye and Ear researchers have designed technology to improve upon the built-in zoom feature of smartphones, which many low-vision users find difficult to use due to a loss of context.


BOSTON – Researchers from the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have developed a smartphone application that projects a magnified smartphone screen to Google Glass, which users can navigate using head movements to view a corresponding portion of the magnified Read more about Researchers develop magnifying smartphone screen application using Google Glass for visually impaired

Dr. Joseph F. Rizzo III Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study Award

Dr. Joseph F. Rizzo III Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study Award

April 7, 2016

Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School neuro-ophthalmologist and researcher awarded funding by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. 


Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD, has been awarded grant funding as part of the Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study, a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the United States Department of Defense. Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Read more about Dr. Joseph F. Rizzo III Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study Award

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