John M. Laurent, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O.

Associate Professor, Optometry

Contact Information:
Academic Office - (205) 975-7783
Patient Services/Appointments:
UAB Eye Care - (205) 975-2020

Physical Address:
514 Henry Peters Building
1716 University Boulevard

Mailing Address:
HPB 5141530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0010

Biographical Sketch:

Pre-optometry – University of Wisconsin-Parkside
O.D. - Ohio State University College of Optometry
M.S. - Ohio State University Graduate School

Ph.D. - UAB School of Optometry / Vision Science Research Center

Residency in Cornea/Contact Lenses - UAB School of Optometry


Dr. Laurent is originally from Wisconsin and has practiced optometry in private practice, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and with Schaeffer Eye Center in Birmingham, Alabama.  He worked as a research scientist at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, FL, and served for four years as the Research Director for the Navy Refractive Surgery Center in San Diego, CA.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  Dr. Laurent’s wife, Becky, practices law part-time in a Birmingham law firm.

Scholarly Activity:


OPT 222, Legal Aspects of Optometry – guest lecturer
OPT 336, Business Aspects of Optometry – course master

Introduction to practice management: business plan preparation, types of practices, legal business entities, accounting systems, taxes, professional liability and other types of insurance, office management, human resources, ophthalmic dispensing, and other subjects pertinent to the business of optometric practice.

Primary Care Clinic - attending

Research interests include maintenance and evaluation of the cornea and ocular surface and contact lens technology.

Recent Publications:
Laurent, J.  (2009).  Using Large Diameter GPs to Improve Comfort.  Contact Lens Spectrum, May 2009: 42-46.

Laurent, J., Schallhorn, S., Spigelmire, J., Tanzer, D.  (2006).  Stability of the laser in situkeratomileusis corneal flap in rabbit eyes. J Cataract Refract Surg, 32(6):1046-51.

Engle, A., Laurent, J., Schallhorn, S., et al. (2005).  Masked comparison of silicone hydrogel lotrafilcon A and etafilcon A extended-wear bandage contact lenses after photorefractive keratectomy.  J Cataract Ref Surg, 31(4): 681-686.

Muth, E., Laurent, J., & Jasper, P. (2000).  The effect of bilberry nutritional supplementation on night visual acuity and contrast sensitivity.  Altern Med Rev, 5(2):164-73.

Laurent, J., Muth, E., & Still, D. (1999).  Development of a Test for Night Vision.  US Navy Technical Report, NAMRL-1407, Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory.  21 October 1999.

Wilson, G. & Laurent, J. (1998).  The size of corneal epithelial cells collected by contact lens cytology from dry eyes.  Adv Exp Med Biol., 438:  831-834.

Laurent J., & Wilson, G. (1997).  The size of corneal epithelial cells collected from the human cornea with contact lens cytology.  Optometry and Vision Science, 74 (5), 280-287.

Wilson, G., Ren, H., & Laurent, J. (1995).  Corneal epithelial fluorescein staining.  Journal of the American Optometric Association,66, 435-441.

Dr Jillian Meadows presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series
Sponsored by the UAB VSRC, the Helen Keller Art show honors students with visual impairments for their artistic abilities and creative works.
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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