Richard Brilliant, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Richard Brilliant

Dr. Richard Brilliant is an optometrist who is recognized as one of the world’s finest low vision specialists. An avid innovator, he has designed and developed hundreds of the best low vision devices. For nearly thirty years, Dr. Brilliant has been involved in clinical investigations for low vision manufacturers. In addition to lecturing throughout the world, he published countless articles and authored a popular optometry textbook. Dr. Brilliant is also the only optometrist on the Board of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

A graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Dr. Brilliant is Emeritus Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Center at Moore Eye Institute. He retired in 2019.

Joined Moore Eye Institute: 1994



  • Low Vision Fellowship, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University


  • Diplomate, American Academy of Optometry
  • Board Member, Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health
  • Chief, Feinbloom Vision Center
  • Senior Low Vision Clinician, Feinbloom Vision Center
  • Director, Vision Rehabilitation Center, Moore Eye Institute
  • Associate Professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University
  • Adjunct Professor, Waterloo College of Optometry


  • American Academy of Optometry

Research Papers and Publications

  • Gurwood, A.S., Brilliant, R.L., Malloy, K.A. “The Enigma of Giant Cell Arteritis: Multidisciplinary Management of Two Cases” Journal of the American Optometric Association Vol. 96, No. 8. August 1998.
  • Brilliant, R.L. “Special Glasses Address Low Vision Needs” Vision Access Vol. 5, No. 3. 1998.
  • Graboyes, M., Brilliant, R. “Vision Loss and Depression: A Case Study” Journal of Vision Rehabilitation Vol. 9, No. 4. 1995.
  • Gurwood, A., Brilliant, R. “Basic Optics of Telescopes: A Review” Journal of Vision Rehabilitation Vol. 8, No. 2. 1994.
  • Brilliant, R., Graboyes, M. “The Importance of a History in an Effective Low Vision Evaluation” Practical Optometry Vol. 6, No. 6. December 1995.
  • Brilliant, R. “Case Report on Albinism” Journal of Vision Rehabilitation Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 7-10. 1993.
  • Greene, Peker, Brilliant, “Use of Spectacle Mounted Telescope Systems by the Visually Impaired” Journal of the American Optometric Association Vol. 64, No.7, pp. 507-513. July 1993.
  • Brilliant, R. “Optic Atrophy Secondary to Hydrocephalus” Journal of Vision Rehabilitation Vol. 6, No. 3. 1992.
  • Brilliant R., Kastner, B. “The Minimum Diagnostic Evaluation of the Low Vision Patient” High Performance Optometry, Vo1. 5, No. 2. February 1991.
  • Greene, H., Pekar, J., Brilliant R. et al “The Ocutech Vision Enhancing System (VES): Utilization and Preference Study” Journal of the American Optometric Association, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 19-25. January 1991.
  • Appel, S., Brilliant, R., Reich, L. “Driving with Visual Impairment: Facts and Issues” The Journal of Vision Rehabilitation, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 19-31. 1991
  • Ray, J., Brilliant, R. “A Telescopic Attachment for the Direct Ophthalmoscope” Review of Optometry, Vol. 127, No. 7. 1990.
  • Brilliant, R., Appel, S., Ruggiero, R.J. “The Amorphic Fresnel Prism Trioptical System” Proceedings from the International Low Vision Symposium, Waterloo College of Optometry, Springer-Veriag, NY. 1987.
  • Brilliant, R., Graboyes, M. “Should Bioptic Telescopic Spectacles be used by Low Vision Drivers?” NOAH Magazine. 1986.
  • Brilliant, R. “Optical Rehabilitation” (Chapter in Book) Myopia in Number, Edited by Dr. Franco Verzella, Italy. 1985.
  • Hoeft, W., Feinbloom, W., Brilliant, R., et al. “Amorphic Lenses: A Mobility Aid for Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa” American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, Vol. 62, No. 2, pp. 142-148. February 1985.
  • Lynch, D., Brilliant, R. “An Evaluation of the coming CPF 550 Lens”, Optometric Monthly, Vol. 75, No. 1. January 1984.
  • Appel, S.D., Brilliant, R. “Low Vision Screenings”, Journal of Rehabilitative Optometry, Vol. 2, No. 1. 1984.
  • Appel, S., Graboyes, M., Brilliant, R. “A Model Patient Care Schedule for Low Vision Services”, Journal of Rehabilitative Optometry, Vol. 1, No. 2. 1983.
  • Brilliant, R. “A Simple Approach to Magnification Involved in Low Vision Aids”, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Vol. 77, No. 4. May 1983.
  • Brilliant, R., Appel, S. “Theories of Magnification Relative to the Visually Impaired”, Cellular communication during Ocular Development. Edited by Sheffield, J.B. and Hilfer, S.R. Springer-Veriag, NY. 1982.
  • Jose, R.T., Browning, R.A., Brilliant, R. “Low Vision in Primary Care Optometry”, Canadian Journal of Optometry, Vol. 44, No. 2. June 1982.
  • Jose, R.T., Brilliant, R.L., Browning, R.A. “Managing the Low Vision Patient in the Practice”, Australian Journal of Optometry, Vol. 65, No. 1. January 1982.
  • Jose, R.T., Browning, R.A., Brilliant, R.L. “Low Vision in Primary Care Optometry”, Texas Optometry, Vol. 38, No. 1. January 1982.
  • Brilliant, R., Jose, R. “Primary Care Low Vision·- Brochure/booklet by American Optical; Co. May 1981.
  • Brilliant, R., and Fitzpatrick, C. “lnterspecialty Care of the Impaired Child”, Rev. of Optometry, Vol. 118, No. 4. April 1981.
  • Fissel, D. and Brilliant, R. “Inherited Juvenile Optic Atrophy”, Rev. of Optometry, Vol. 118, No. 3. March 1981.
  • Malsin, B., Brilliant, R. “Using a Strap to Maintain Low Vision Alignment, Review of Optometry, Vol. 117, No. 4. April 1980.
  • Brilliant, R., Graf, F. “Enlarged Field of View with a Reverse Contact Lens Telescope”, Review of Optometry, Vol. 115, No. 9. September 1978.
  • DeMello, D., Brilliant, R. “High-Power Bifocal for Senile Macular Degeneration”, Review of Optometry, Vol. 115, No. 7. July 1978.
  • Brilliant, R. “Low Vision Aid for the Patient with Keratoprosthesis”, Review of Optometry, Vol. 115, No. 5. May 1978.

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