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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: Mass. Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Board Certification: Ophthalmology
M.D. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Residency Ophthalmology, University of Toronto, Ontario
Teaching Affiliation Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:

As the Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Jackson provides comprehensive vision assessments, which include testing visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and field of vision. She offers rehabilitation for patients with a wide range of eye disorders, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, using a five-point “whole person” approach. This method addresses reading, daily living activities, patient safety, continued participation in activities and community despite vision loss, and psychosocial well-being.

Working with a clinical team of experts in ophthalmology, optometry, social work, and occupational therapy, Dr. Jackson helps patients with vision loss address safety concerns and regain their independence completing daily tasks. This multidisciplinary approach, developed by Dr. Jackson, is now part of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's guidelines for Vision Rehabilitation.

Dr. Jackson attended medical school at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and completed her ophthalmology residency training at the University of Toronto.

Nationally recognized by her colleagues, Dr. Jackson has chaired the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Vision Rehabilitation Committee, and participated in developing vision rehabilitation curriculum for ophthalmology residents. She also mentors clinical fellow as well as first-year residents during their rotation in the Mass. Eye and Ear Vision Rehabilitation Center.

In addition to her clinical practice and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Jackson also conducts research, specifically on Charles Bonnet Syndrome—a condition that causes recurring visual hallucinations in patients who develop partial vision loss later in life. Notably, she has found that recurrent visual hallucinations are reported by roughly a quarter to one-third of all patients who come to the Vision Rehabilitation Service. She has also conducted research on potential risk factors for the condition.

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.

Feasibility of a web-based survey of hallucinations and assessment of visual function in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Jackson ML, Bex P, Wallis J, Wicks P. Interact J Med Res. 2014 Jan 6;3(1):e1.

Characterization of field loss based on microperimetry is predictive of face recognition difficulties. Wallis TS, Taylor CP, Wallis J, Jackson ML, Bex PJ. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Jan 7;55(1):142-53.

Visual search with image modification in age-related macular degnereation. Wiecek E, Jackson ML, Dakin S, Bex P. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Sept 25;53(10):6600-9.

Visual function in the 'oldest-old' 1 year after comprehensive vision rehabilitation. Jackson ML, Wallis J, Schoessow K, Drohan B, Williams K. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Jan;60(1):183-5.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome and glaucoma. Jackson ML, Drohan B, Agrawal K, Rhee DJ. Ophthalmology. 2011 May;118(5):1005-1005.e2.

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