Eleanor E. Faye, M.D., FACS

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Dr. Eleanor E. Faye has been affiliated with Lighthouse International since 1956. She has served as the Medical Director since January of 2006, and previously served as the Director of the Lighthouse Low Vision Service from 1965 through 1992. In addition, she has served as Ophthalmologic Advisor to the Lighthouse Center for Education from 1994 to present. Dr. Faye is internationally recognized as a leader in low vision. She was the first recipient of the Pisart and Migel Awards, is the author of numerous publications, and her book, Clinical Low Vision (Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1994) went into its second edition, and has become a classic text on low vision. Dr. Faye's numerous accolades and awards include two Merit Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Optometric Association, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the State University of New York College of Optometry.

Bruce P. Rosenthal, OD, FAAO

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Dr. Bruce P. Rosenthal is Chief of Low Vision Programs at Lighthouse International and has been affiliated with the organization since 1974. He is a Diplomat in Low Vision, an Adjunct Professor at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry. Dr. Rosenthal is the former Chair of the AMD Alliance International and its Scientific Advisory Board as well as being Chair of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association Low Vision sections. Dr. Rosenthal continues to lecture extensively throughout the world and has been the author of seven books, including Living Well with Macular Degeneration.

Andrea Zimmerman, OD, FAAO

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Dr. Zimmerman completed her optometry training at SUNY College of Optometry, and her Low Vision internship at Lighthouse International in 1989. She joined Lighthouse International as a Low Vision Consultant in 1994, after working at the Helen Keller Institute for 5 years. Dr. Zimmerman has co-authored scientific papers on low vision topics, and has lectured nationally on Performing Low Vision Examinations and Treating the Low Vision Patient.

Debra R Budick, OD

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New England College of Optometry; 1980; Doctor of Optometry

Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry

Professional Organizations:
American Optometric Association

Clinician and instructor at Lighthouse low vision service for 29 years. Was National Low Vision Consultant for American Foundation for the Blind. Served as a tester for the NY State Board of Optometry.

Lisa Chan-O'Connell, O.D.

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Dr. O'Connell graduated with her optometry degree from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry in 1999. She completed her residency at the VA Connecticut Healthcare system, West Haven campus and Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center in hospital based primary care and low vision.

She is New York State Low Vision Certified and is a Fellow of the Academy of Optometry and is also an adjunct clinical professor at SUNY College of Optometry.

Rosetta Chao

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Columbia University, School of Social Work; 1965; Master Degree in Social Work

Hunter College, Certificate in Aging & Mental Health, 2006

NASW, ASA, Longevity Council for Aging

Michael Fischer, OD

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State University of New York; 1983; Doctor of Optometry

NYS Low Vision Certification

Chief, Optometry Service, Dept. Of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Northport NY

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Renowned pediatric low vision specialist for visually impaired children
Former Director of Low Vision Services. Lighthouse International. 1992-2006
National and International speaker on low vision
Published author on low vision and color vision



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