Dr. Ava Bittner received her Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry with clinical honors in
pediatrics and low vision. She earned a PhD in clinical investigation from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Dr. Bittner completed a clinical research post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute’s Lions
Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center from 2002-2007, and then joined the faculty as an Assistant
Professor at the Wilmer Eye Institute. From 2014-2019, she held the rank of Associate Professor at the Nova
Southeastern University, College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale.
Dr. Bittner is currently an Associate Professor at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute and her primary clinical interest is low vision rehabilitation. She is the Smotrich Family Optometric Clinician-Scientist Chair and Chief of Optometric Services at the Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Bittner's research interests include the psychophysical assessment of the healthy and diseased visual system, both to increase the understanding of this system and to develop tools to monitor disease and therapeutic outcomes. She is also experienced with the conduct of clinical trials to evaluate interventions to help improve visual function in patients with low vision. Dr. Bittner has received NIH funding (K23 and R21 awards) from the National Eye Institute, and has served as a co-investigator or consultant for multi-center clinical trials of devices or treatments for patients with retinal degenerations.
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