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Ashley Danielle Deemer, O.D.

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Low Vision Rehabilitation, Optometry, Vision Impairment

Research Interests

Depression in the Low Vision Population; Head-mounted Video Display Systems


Dr. Ashley Deemer is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. Her areas of clinical expertise include general optometry and low vision rehabilitation. Through her research, she seeks to improve the overall model of rehabilitation and understand the best methods of intervention to improve visual function and reduce depression in patients with low vision.

Dr. Deemer received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego. She earned her doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry. 

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Deemer provided low vision services, polytrauma and general optometric care to military veterans at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Before joining the faculty, she completed the 2015-2016 Lions Low Vision Rehabilitation Fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. more

Departments / Divisions



  • New England College of Optometry Residency Program / Optometry (2015)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Deemer AD, Massof RW, Rovner BW, Casten RJ, Piersol CV. Functional Outcomes of the Low Vision Depression Prevention Trial in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 Mar 1;58(3):1514-1520.

Deemer AD,Bradley CK, Ross NC, Natale DM, Itthipanichpong R, Werblin FS, Massof RW. Low Vision Enhancement with Head-mounted Video Display Systems: Are We There Yet? Optom Vis Sci. 2018 Sep;95(9):694-703.

Activities & Honors


  • Charles Robert Soltes Scholarship Recipient, 2011 - 2011
  • Bill Mattingly Memorial Scholarship, 2016 - 2016
  • Knights Templar Eye Foundation Grant, 2016 - 2016
  • Louise L. Sloan Wilmer Research Grant, 2015 - 2016

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