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Dennis M. Levi

OSA Awards & Distinctions



Dennis Levi is Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at UC Berkeley and served as Dean from 2001–2014. His research has been funded by the National Eye Institute since 1976. Levi served as Chair of the Vis B. study section, as Editor-In-Chief of Vision Research (2004-2012), and is currently Editor-In-Chief of Journal of Vision. Levi was elected Fellow of OSA, and received the Glenn Fry Award and Prentice Medal from the American Academy of Optometry. In 2016, he received OSA’s Edgar D. Tillyer Award.

A broad goal of his research is to understand the mechanisms that limit spatial vision and stereopsis in humans with normal vision and amblyopic vision. While amblyopia can often be reversed when treated early, conventional treatment is generally not undertaken in older children and adults. Much of the focus of his research has been on the degree to which the adult amblyopic visual system can recover vision, and studying adult plasticity following abnormal early visual experience.



Document Created: 18 Sep 2020
Last Updated: 18 Sep 2020