Leo Paul Semes, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Professor, Optometry
Clinical Assistant Professor, UAB School of Nursing

Contact Information:
Academic Office - (205) 934-3036
Patient Services/Appointments:
UAB Eye Care - (205) 975-2020
UOG Faculty Practice - (205) 934-5161

Physical Address:
528 Henry Peters Building
1716 University Boulevard

Mailing Address:
HPB 528
1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0010



B.S. (Chemistry) - St. Francis College, Loretto, PA
B.S. (Physiological Optics) - Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, PA
O.D. - Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Certificate of Residency The Eye Institute of PCO


Administrative Responsibilities:

Director of Externship Program


Secondary Appointments:

Clinical Assistant Professor, UAB School of Nursing 



Dr. Semes served as the principal author for AOA's Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG), "Care of the patient with ocular surface disorders" (third edition in completed 2010); panel member for CPG, "Care of the patient with retinal detachment and related peripheral retinal disease." He has authored of over 125 scientific articles and is named as one of the 2000 outstanding intellectuals of the 21st century. He is the founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society where he currently serves as chair of the Nominating Committee, member of the Program Committee and on the Executive Board. He is also founding Fellow of the Optometric Retina Society where he currently serves as Vice President.


Scholarly Activity:

Teaching –

OPT 243, 313 Diseases of the Posterior Segment - These courses cover diseases and disorders of the retina, vitreous and optic nerve exclusive of glaucoma.

OPT 324 Glaucoma

Research –

Principal Investigator: A prospective randomized double-blind evaluation of zeaxanthine as an oral supplement and its effects on macular pigment optical density and dark adaptation.

Co-Investigator: evaluation of visual field defects by computerized perimetry

Co-Investigator: multi-focal erg in normal tension glaucoma


Becker K, Semes L. The reliability of FDT perimetry in a pediatric population. Optometry: JAOA 2003; 74: 173-179.

Semes LP, Amos JF. Evaluation of the ocular fundus. In, Benjamin WJ, ed. Borish's Clinical Refration, 2 ed., New York Lippincott. 2005

Fleming J, Semes LP. Evaluation of the anterior segment. In, Benjamin WJ, ed. Borish's Clinical Refration, 2 ed., New York Lippincott. 2005

Semes L, Shaikh A, McGwin G, Bartlett JD. The relationship among race, iris color, central corneal thickness, and intraocular pressure Optom Vis Sci. 2006; 83: 512-5

Semes L, Shaikh AS. Evaluation of the Xal-EaseTM latanoprost delivery system. Optometry. 2007; 78:30-3


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