Meet the Staff
Bhavani R. Iyer, O.D., FAAO
Dr. Iyer received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1997 following completion of her Baccalaureate in Optometry at the Elite School of Optometry in Madras, India.
Dr. Iyer completed a fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry, Low Vision Section in Rockville, Maryland. She is presently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Richard S. Ruiz, M.D. Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is the founding director of the Dan Arnold Center for Vision Rehabilitation.
Dr. Iyer is an experienced low vision professional with expertise in prescribing magnification for reading, driving, and rehabilitation for activities of daily living.
Tamara Traber, OTR, CLVT
Tamara Traber received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2001, from Texas Tech University, and a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2004, from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in Lubbock, Texas. She received her Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015. She is currently working towards her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has always realized the impact vision has on her patient’s functional independence. Previously Tamara has worked with all ages and specifically the neurological population at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. Her passion for working with individuals with vision impairment has led her to pursue a career Low Vision Rehabilitation. She became a Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals in 2016. She works to help her patients maximize their functional independence and improve their quality of life and self confidence in the least restrictive environment possible while achieving their personal goals.