Dr Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen (alias Rizwana) has just taken over as the Head of Rivoli Vision Academy at the Rivoli Vision, UAE, to lead the strategic planning and functioning of the Academy. Dr. Hussaindeen has been serving as an Adjunct Faculty at the Sankara Nethralaya Academy, and a visiting consultant at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai where she was formerly heading the Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy clinic. Dr Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen is currently serving as the President for the Optometric Association of Tamil Nanbargal (OATN), the legal association for Optometry in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Through this role, she has been working towards the advocacy for Optometry to be established as an independent eyecare profession in the state and in the country.
Dr Hussaindeen is the first clinical Diplomate from India, in the section of Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and is the inaugural president for the AAO-India chapter. She is also serving as a Consultant for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). Dr Hussaindeen’s expertise spans across clinical specialties of Binocular Vision, Pediatric Optometry, Learning Related Vision Problems, Cerebral Visual Impairment, Amblyopia, and Neuro-Optometry. She serves as a committee member and trainer for the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram’s (RBSK) – Government of India’s initiative in the preparation of a manual for the vision assessment and rehabilitation of Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI). Dr Hussaindeen has been involved in the school eye health initiatives for over a decade now. She has earlier served as a mentor to the World Council of Optometry’s (WCO) Advocacy for Eye Health program, and is currently a faculty member for the “Looking Towards the Future: Optometry Program in Advocacy and Leadership (OPAL)” run by the WCO. Her doctoral research pertains to understanding binocular vision anomalies among school children. She has authored the book titled “Keep it single and simple – Binocular vision testing and treatment made easy” along with her mentor Prof. Mitchell Scheiman. Dr Hussaindeen has many peer-reviewed publications in international journals and also has authored chapters in books. She serves as a reviewer for national and international peer reviewed journals including Optometry and Vision Science, PloS One, BMJ-BJO, Journal of Optometry, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, and Nature-scientific reports. She also serves as a PhD co-supervisor at the Deakin University, Australia, and at the Chitkara University, Chandigarh.