Amy C. Nau, OD

Dr. Amy NauDr. Amy Nau is the Director of Optometric and Low Vision Services, UPMC Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh, and the Director and Founder, Sensory Substitution Laboratory, UPMC Eye Center. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Director of Telemedicine at the UPMC Eye Center. Prior to her work in Pittsburgh, she was a Staff Optometrist in the Department of Ophthalmology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, as well as a Sub-Investigator with Ophthalmic Research Associates, Andover, Massachusetts.

Dr. Nau earned a Bachelor's degree in History from Saint Michael's College in Vermont and a Bachelor's in Health Careers Program from Harvard University. She then attended the New England College of Optometry and did her residency with Boston Veteran's Administration Health System.

Dr. Nau's laboratory focuses on basic and translational research involving sensory substitution for blindness. Our current research studies include:

  • Structural and functional brain reorganization for sensory substitution in the elderly and blind
  • Visual restoration and rehabilitation via sensory substitution technology
  • Functional MRI of sensory substitution in the blind
  • Feasibility of using sensory substitution in a pediatric cohort

Some of Dr. Nauís professional activities include:

  • University of Pittsburgh, First Experiences in Research Mentor
  • American Academy of Optometry, Education Quality Assurance Committee
  • National Association for University Based Optometry, vice-chair
  • Contact Lens Association of Opthalmologists, member
  • Medical Student Scholarly Research Project Mentor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Scleral Lens Society, member
  • Ophthalmology Resident Scholarly Research Project Mentor, UPMC Eye Center

View Dr. Nauís publications listed in NCBI here.


Dr. Amy Nau
Phone: (412) 647-2200