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Samuel N. Markowitz

Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences

University of Toronto

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University of Toronto

1 King's College Circle Medical Sciences Building Room 7358

Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A8

Canada

Company Description

The University of Toronto provides accommodation for students with documented disabilities as established by the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and the University of Toronto's Statement of Commit...more

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Employment History

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Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Member of the Vision Rehabilitation Committee


Canadian Ophthalmological Society

Member


Royal College of Physicians

Ophthalmology Fellow


Education

MD


MD

University of Toronto


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Samuel N. Markowitz, MD
Dr. Samuel N. Markowitz is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. He is one of the leading low vision rehabilitation specialists in Canada and worldwide. His active practice is covering all aspects of low vision rehabilitation including pediatric low vision. He is an active University teacher in low vision rehabilitation and involved in many leading research projects. Dr. Markowitz published many research papers in leading journals worldwide. Active research and practice involvement is in the following domains: accessibility and barriers to low vision rehabilitation, characteristics of scotomata and of preferred retinal loci, identification of residual potential visual acuity, rehabilitation with surgical telescopic magnification, and with prisms towards PRL, rehabilitation of residual oculomotor characteristics including stereopsis, fixation location and fixation stability, microperimetry assessment, residual chromatic vision, restitution of vision in older children with amblyopia, field expansion in Stroke, Retinitis Pigmentosa and end stage Glaucoma, interventions to promote brain plasticity and development of indoor navigation systems for the visually impaired and retinal prosthesis applications in low vision. Dr. Markowitz is practicing in a multidisciplinary environment which includes occupation therapy, opticianry and vision rehabilitation specialists for enhancement of independent living skills and orientation and mobility.


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Samuel N. Markowitz, MD
Samuel N. Markowitz, MD Samuel N. Markowitz, MD Samuel N. Markowitz, MD Low vision rehabilitation Dr. Markowitz is the director of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Program in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto and works at the Toronto Western Hospital within the University Health Network. He is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. Currently Dr. Markowitz serves as section editor for vision rehabilitation for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. He is co-chair of the Sub-Committee on Low Vision Rehabilitation for the Eye Health Council of Ontario, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation, a member of the Scientific Committee of the WHO-International Consensus Task Force on Low Vision Rehabilitation standards, a past member of the International Scientific Committee preparing the 9th International Low Vision Conference in Montréal, and a past member of the Vision Rehabilitation Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Markowitz is an Ophthalmology Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and also holds certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Markowitz has been involved in clinical practice, teaching and research in low vision rehabilitation for the past 18 years. He is active in research and practice in the following domains: accessibility and barriers to low vision rehabilitation, characteristics of scotomata and of preferred retinal loci, identification of residual potential visual acuity, rehabilitation with surgical telescopic magnification, and with prisms towards PRL, rehabilitation of residual oculomotor characteristics including stereopsis, fixation location and fixation stability, microperimetry assessment, residual chromatic vision, restitution of vision in older children with amblyopia, field expansion in stroke, retinitis pigmentosa and end-stage glaucoma, interventions to promote brain plasticity and development of indoor navigation systems for the visually impaired and retinal prosthesis applications in low vision. Dr. Markowitz has published many research papers in low vision rehabilitation in leading national and international journals and has lectured on those topics locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2003, the university approved a Low Vision Rehabilitation Fellowship program within the Department of Ophthalmology that was initiated by Dr. Markowitz. Dr. Markowitz was recognized with the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for service and leadership in the development of scientific and continuous education programs at the 2003 to 2006 Annual Meetings; in 2007 with the Distinguished Service Award from the Low Vision Rehabilitation Section of the American Optometric Association for professional accomplishments in Low Vision Rehabilitation; in 2009 with the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for professional accomplishments in Low Vision Rehabilitation, and in 2009 for outstanding service to the profession of ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for the development and maintenance of the Preferred Practice Patterns guidelines. In 2014, Dr. Markowitz was recognized by and formally introduced to Her Majesty the Queen Mathilde of Belgium on the occasion of a special presentation that was given during De Markgrave Conference on Low Vision Rehabilitation in Antwerp on the "State of the Art for Low Vision Rehabilitation.


Living With Low Vision - Good Times

For someone who's lost half his or her visual field due to a stroke, "there are glasses with prisms, which basically bring images from the side into the central vision," explains Dr. Samuel Markowitz, a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and director of the low-vision rehabilitation program at the University of Toronto, and an ophthalmologist at Toronto Western Hospital.
For someone else, it might mean being able to make out the numbers on a bus and therefore being able to take public transit rather than relying on taxis and family members for transportation, Markowitz says. Devices and Strategies A strategy that can help people with central vision loss make the best of their remaining vision is identifying and learning to use a "sweet spot" on the retina-by looking just above or below an object, for instance. "A new locus on the retina develops that has better vision than the rest of the peripheral vision-this is a natural occurrence," Markowitz explains. "There is hope," says Dr. Markowitz. "This is a health-care problem," says Dr. Samuel Markowitz, a professor of ophthalmology and director of the low-vision rehabilitation program at the University of Toronto, "and governments have to pay attention to that.


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Dr. Sam Markowitz, Director of the Low Vision Program at the University of Toronto


eSight eyewear efficacy and quality of life study : a multi-center, prospective, cohort study to assess the impact of eSight eyewear on functional vision improvement and quality of life in a low vision population (CRIR-1104-0915 – INLB 2015-188) – Ins

Samuel Markowitz, University of Toronto


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