Glaucoma is a leading clause of irreversible blindness. The department is involved in multiple lines of research, which 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.

Meet our Glaucoma Research Faculty

  • UAB researcher awarded $1.23 million grant for glaucoma research

    Downs newwebJ. Crawford Downs, Ph.D., vice chair of Research in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology, was awarded a three-year, $1.23 million grant from the National Eye Institute to explore intraocular pressure fluctuation as it relates to the development and progression of glaucoma, a potentially blinding disease that affects more than 2.2 million Americans.

  • Grytz receives glaucoma award from BrightFocus

    Grytz SamulesRafael Grytz, Ph.D., associate professor, received the Thomas R. Lee Award for Glaucoma Research from the BrightFocus Foundation recognizing his grant, “Quantifying Collagen Remodeling of the Optic Nerve Head”, as the second-highest rated proposal received by the National Glaucoma Research Program in 2015. The award was presented at the Association for Research in Ophthalmology and Vision Science (ARVO) annual meeting on Monday, May 4, 2015. 

  • As glaucoma cases soar, researchers focus on solutions

    Lindsay Rhodes

    Ernest Murry saw glaucoma steal his mother’s vision, just as it had robbed sight from many other family members. There was a time when it seemed the same might happen to him. “When I went outside to walk, I would have to pat in front of me to keep from falling,” he says.

  • What you need to know about pediatric glaucoma

    by Bob Shepard

    One evening, five years ago, Brittni Powell did what a lot of young mothers do and gazed into her 2-month-old son’s eyes. What she saw had Brittni and her husband Byron heading immediately to a Montgomery-area hospital emergency department.

    “We looked into his eyes and they had this gray, glazy tone to them,” Powell recalled. “We knew that wasn’t right.”

  • Cable guys: Inside UAB's high-tech, custom-built approach to eye science

    Ocular BiomechanicsThe miracle of sight relies on a masterpiece of wiring. More than a million individual nerve cells scattered around the eye convert visual information into electricity. Then these individual cells are bundled together at the back of the eye into the optic nerve, which carries the signal to the brain.

  • UAB pilot program brings glaucoma screenings closer to home

    By Bob Shepard

    Glaucoma is a silent disease. It does not hurt, symptoms are slow to develop, and most people do not notice any loss of vision until it is too late. A project by ophthalmologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will examine whether a partnership with community-based optometrists will improve detection and treatment of glaucoma, especially for high-risk populations.

    Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, the cable that connects the eye to the brain. The nerve breaks down in some people, usually older adults, causing irreparable vision loss.