DEPARTMENT OF OPTOMETRY
Mark Swanson, O.D., M.S.P.H., F.A.A.O.
Associate Professor, Optometry
Academic Office - (205) 934-6769
UAB Eye Care - (205) 975-2020
UOG Faculty Practice - (205) 934-5161
505 Henry Peters Building
1716 University Boulevard
1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0010
B.S. - Auburn University
O.D. - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Residency Hospital Optometry - Veteran's Administration Hospital, Tuscaloosa Alabama
M.S.P.H. - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Chief - Ocular Disease Low Vision Services
Compliance Officer - HIPPA and Federal Medical Programs
Scientist - Center for Aging
Scientist - Vision Science Research Center
Scientist - Center for Health Promotion
OPT-314 Optometric Gerontology, This course covers topics related to changes in the eye and visual system with the aging process. Also covered are broader issues of gerontology including demographic, cognitive, social, medical, and payment systems that impact care of older adults.
OPT-315 Neuro-Optometry, This course covers the diagnosis and management of major neurological disorders that affect the visual.
Dr. Swanson's research interests include the epidemiology and functional impact of vision disorders among the elderly. New research is being developed in cortical adaptation to retinal disease.
Rutstein R, Swanson MW. Atypical fixation preference with anisometropia. Opt Vis Sci 2007;84(9)848-91.
Swanson MW, The Elderly, Benjamin WJ, ed. Borish's Cinical Refraction, 2nd edition : Elsevier, 2007
Swanson MW. Retinopathy screening in individuals with type 2 diabetes: who, how, how often, and at what cost--an epidemiologic review. Optometry 2005 Nov;76(11):636-46.
Swanson MW, McGwin G. Visual Impairment and Functional Status from the 1995 National Health Interview Survey on Disability. Ophthalmic Epi 2004;11: 227-39.
Swanson MW, Chapter 10: The Institutionalized Population,: in Clinical Ethics for Optometrists, Bailey N, Heitman E, eds, American Optometric Association, 2000, pp97-109.