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Mary Lou Jackson, M.D.

Director, Vision Rehabilitation Service
Specialty: Vision Rehabilitation Service
Phone Number: 617-573-4177
Fax: 617-573-4178
Location: Massachusetts Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Board Certification: Ophthalmology
Medical School McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Residency Ophthalmology, University of Toronto, Ontario
Teaching Affiliation Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:

What would you like your patients to know about you?

I am committed to working with patients with vision impairment so that they can confidently use strategies and devices to do things they would like to do. I always respect  my patients' preferences, needs and values. My aim is to provide information, education and communication to achieve the best patient-centered vision rehabilitation experience.

Clinical Interests

Vision rehabilitation

Research Interests

Contrast sensitivity and visual hallucinations in patients with vision impairment


For a full publication list, please see her CV. A representative list (2006 - 2012) is available through

Jackson ML. Vision rehabilitation for Canadians with less than 20/40 acuity: the SmartSight model. Can J Ophthalmol. 2006 Jun; 41(3): 355-61.

Jackson ML, Bassett K, Nirmalan PV, Sayre EC. Contrast sensitivity and visual hallucinations in patients referred to a low vision rehabilitation clinic. Br J Ophthalmol. 2007 Mar; 91(3): 296-8.

Colenbrander A, Fletcher DC, Berlin AJ, Cole RJ, Christiansen RM, Faye E, Fontenot J, Glaser BM, Homer P, Jackson ML, Lawrence MG, Markowitz SN, Mogk L, Morgan R, Sabates N, Santos-Jimenez S, Shepherd J. Rehabilitation and intraocular telescopes. Ophthalmology. 2008 Aug; 115(8): 1437-8; author reply 1438.

Jackson ML, Bassett KL. The natural history of the Charles Bonnet Syndrome Do the hallucinations go away? Eye (Lond). 2010 Jul; 24(7): 1303-4.

Plow EB, Obretenova SN, Halko MA, Kenkel S, Jackson ML, Pascual-Leone A, Merabet LB. Combining visual rehabilitative training and noninvasive brain stimulation to enhance visual function in patients with hemianopia: a comparative case study. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2011 Sep; 3(9): 825-35.

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