Mark Swanson, O.D., M.S.P.H., F.A.A.O.
Associate Professor, Optometry

Contact Information:
Academic Office - (205) 934-6769
Patient Services/Appointments:
UAB Eye Care - (205) 975-2020
UOG Faculty Practice - (205) 934-5161

Physical Address:
505 Henry Peters Building
1716 University Boulevard

Mailing Address:
HPB 505
1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0010

Biographical Sketch:

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

Administrative Responsibilities:

Chief - Ocular Disease Low Vision Services
Compliance Officer - HIPPA and Federal Medical Programs

Secondary Appointments:

Scientist - Center for Aging 
Scientist - Vision Science Research Center
Scientist - Center for Health Promotion

Scholarly Activity:

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.

Recent Publications:

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.

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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