Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research

This award recognizes the seminal contributions of Michael D. Oberdorfer, PhD in support of low vision research.

The award recipient will present a lecture during an invited speaker session (symposium, minisymposium or cross-sectional group session) at the ARVO Annual Meeting and will receive an inscribed plaque and cash award. There is no application process for this award; the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) nominates invited speakers presenting a low vision-related topic. The AMPC Chair and the ARVO Low Vision Cross-sectional Group evaluate and score the nominees based on the role they have played in furthering low-vision research.

Recent recipient

View the 2017 Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research recipient.

Award history

Dr. Oberdorfer has served for many years at the National Eye Institute (NEI) as director of Strabismus, Amblyopia and Visual Processing and director of Low Vision and Blindness Rehabilitation for the NEI Extramural Research Program. His support of low vision research led to an expansion of funded grants in that field.

First presented in 2012, the Oberdorfer Award was established thanks to the generous support of the Lighthouse Guild.



Michael D. Oberdorfer photo