UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Prof Gary Rubin

Prof Gary Rubin

Helen Keller Professor of Visual Function and Rehabilitation

Institute of Ophthalmology

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 1999

Research summary

Vision impairment is seldom life threatening, nevertheless, it is among the most disabling of medical conditions, especially in older adults. In 1999, the Institute of Ophthalmology inaugurated a new division devoted to the study of vision impairment (low vision), its impact, and its rehabilitation. The divisions activities are distributed among three interwoven laboratories. The Low Vision Psychophysics Laboratory concentrates on the study of everyday task performance by people with vision impairment. The Vision Impairment Population Laboratory is devoted to the study of the impact of vision impairment in the population. The Clinical Low Vision Research Laboratory is dedicated to evaluating and advancing state of the art low vision care.


University of Minnesota
PhD, Experimental Psychology | 1982
University of Oxford
MA, Psychology and Philosophy | 1976
Macalester College, St Paul, MN
BA, Philosophy | 1974


Prof. Rubin received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1983. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Low Vision in 1985, and then joined the faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as Director of Low Vision Research. In 1999, Dr. Rubin moved to London, where he was appointed the Helen Keller Professor of Visual Rehabilitation at the Institute of Ophthalmology. Prof Rubin has published more than 175 papers and 10 book chapters. Much of his work focuses on vision problems in the elderly, especially those encountered by patients with central scotomas. Prof. Rubin has also devoted much of his time to the development and validation of new clinical vision tests used in a wide range of eye diseases including cataract, macular degeneration, and diseases of the optic nerve. Prof. Rubin has received the Garland Clay Award from the American Academy of Optometry, the Edridge Green Medal from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists,\ the Director’s Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Envision Award for Low Vision Research and  the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation Award.  Prof Rubin is a Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Optometrists in the UK.