The department is involved in multiple lines of basic and clinical research of glaucoma. That research includes investigations into intraocular, structure and function of the optic nerve head with glaucomatous damage, basic and clinical research into the role of age and race in the development and progression of glaucoma, and health services research into novel care delivery models in increase the accessibility of glaucoma care.
Pioneering research by the UAB Department of Ophthalmology into retinal disorders, specifically age-related macular degeneration, has led to major scientific breakthroughs. Age-related macular degeneration is one of the most common ocular disorders in the U.S., and there is no cure.
This program uses principles of engineering to understand the mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of ocular disease such as glaucoma, myopia, keratoconus, and age-related macular degeneration, as well as the biomechanics of ocular trauma. This exciting, underdeveloped field has the potential for significant breakthroughs in the diagnosis treatment of ocular disease.