Marcela Frazier, O.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.O.

Associate Professor, Optometry

Contact Information:
Academic Office - (205) 996-2079 / 934-6171
Patient Services/Appointments:
UAB Eye Care - (205) 975-2020

Physical Address:
516 Henry Peters Building
1716 University Boulevard

Mailing Address:
HPB 516
1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0010


B.S. - University of Central Florida 
O.D. - University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.P.H. - University of Alabama at Birmingham


Administrative Responsibilities:



Secondary Appointments:




Dr. Marcela Frazier is originally from Medellin, Colombia. She completed a pediatric residency at The UAB School of Optometry. She became involved in health education after obtaining her Master’s degree in Public Health at UAB.  She has helped produce a radio soap opera dedicated to chronic disease prevention in the Hispanic community.   Her interests include amblyopia treatment, vision screenings, and vision care for Hispanic children. She is a board member and regular volunteer for Cahaba Valley Health care, a community based organization that provides access to health care to Latinos in parts of Alabama. She has lead her students on several mission trips with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) to Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Colombia.


Scholarly Activity:

Teaching –

Public health Optometry
Spanish for Eyecare
Pediatrics clinic

Research –

“Spanish language Radio Drama”  Promesas y Traiciones

Principal Investigator

Funded by the Jefferson County Health Department, and the UAB Diabetes Research Training Center DRTC (Which is NIH funded).

The overarching goal of this community-based participatory study is to develop, broadcast and evaluate a pilot radio drama to promote healthy lifestyles in the Hispanic community.

UAB Minority Health and Research Center.  Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Award

Development and pilot-testing of an intervention to improve access to eye care for Hispanic children                                                                                                                

The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate an educational intervention to improve access to eye care for Hispanic children.  We are using a qualitative approach to explore the sociocultural factors associated with seeking eye care for children among Hispanic immigrant families in Birmingham from a theory-based and culturally-relevant perspective.


The Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) is supported through a single grant to the PEDIG Coordinating Center (CC), which funds all aspects of the group either directly or through subcontracts. PEDIG was formed to conduct clinical research in strabismus, amblyopia, and other eye disorders that affect children.  Among others: The Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial II (COMET II) and The Amblyopia Treatment Studies (ATS 1,2,3,5,6, and 7).

Role: Site PI for ATS 6 and 7


Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET)

ARRA supplement to Clinical Center Grant

Funded by National Eye Institute since 1997

Status:  in follow-up

Role:  Investigator

Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT)

The CITT is a randomized, controlled, single-masked, multi-center study to: 1) compare the success rate of Pencil Push-up therapy, office-based vision therapy, and sham office-based vision therapy for the treatment of convergence insufficiency and 2) develop more precise estimates of the success rates of these two treatments for convergence insufficiency.

Role: Clinical Investigator


Peer-reviewed journal articles -

Frazier M, De La Cruz N, Garces I.  Development of educational materials to improve rates of early eye care for Hispanic children.  Journal of immigrant and minority health.  In press.

Carroll W, Fabres J, Nagy TR, Frazier M,  Roane C, Pohlandt F, Carlo WA, Thome U.   Results of extremely low birth weight infants randomized to receive extra enteral calcium supply.  Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2011 Sep;53(3):339-345.

Zumbric UA , Frazier M, Visker JD, Wingert TA, Weaver JL.  The AOA's Healthy Eyes Healthy People program 6-year evaluation report (2004-2009). Optometry. 2010 Jun;81(6):306-11

Marsh-Tootle WL, Funkhouser E, Frazier M, Crenshaw K, Wall TC. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Environment: What Primary Care Providers Say About Pre-School Vision Screening. Optom Vis Sci. 2010 Jan 7. Optom Vis Sci. 2010 Feb; 87(2):104-11.

Frazier M, Garces I, Scarinci I, Marsh-Tootle W. Seeking Eye Care for Children: Perceptions among Hispanic Immigrant Parents. J Immigr Minor Health. 2009 Jun;11(3):215-21.

Frazier M, Anderson ML, Sophocleous S.  Active Ocular Toxocariasis:  Clinical Presentation and Management.  Optometry.  2009 Apr;80(4):175-80.

Nowakowski, RW.  Frazier M.  Wimba Voice for Teaching “Spanish for Eye Care” in a Blended Course Environment.  Optometric Education.  Optometric Education 2009. In Press.


Publications as part of a clinical trial -

Holmes BM, Lazar EL, Melia M, Astle WF, Dagi LR, Donahue SP, Frazier M, Hertle RW, Repka RX, Quinn GE, Weise KK, for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group Effect of Age on Response to Amblyopia Treatment in Children.  Arch Opht Epub ahead of print. July 2011.

Wallace DK, Chandler DL, Beck RW, Arnold RW, Bacal DA, Birch EE, Felius J, Frazier M, Holmes JM, Hoover D,   Klimek DA, Lorenzana I, Quinn GE, Repka MX, Suh DW, Tamkins on Behalf Of The Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group S. “Treatment of Bilateral Refractive Amblyopia in Children Three to Less Than 10 Years of Age”.  Am J Ophthalmol. 2007 Aug 16

Book Chapters –

Frazier M, Kleinstein R.   Access and Barriers to Vision, Eye and Health Care. Public Health Optometry.    Published online March 2010

Marsh-Tootle WL, Frazier MG.  Infants, Toddlers, and Children. Chapter 30 in:  Benjamin WJ (ed.) Borish’s Clinical Refraction, 2nd Ed. Elsevier Publications, St. Louis, MO; pages 1395-1460.  2006

Frazier MG.  “Cycloplegics” Chapter in Bartlett JD, Jaanus, SD, Clinical Ocular Pharmacology.  5th ed.  2006

Additional Information:


Dr Jillian Meadows presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series
The Helen Keller Art show honoring students for their artistic abilities and creative works. All students are identified as having some type of visual impairments.
Vision Science PhD trainee Katie Bales presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series


UAB School of Optometry
1716 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233
P: (205) 975-2020



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