Katherine K. Weise, O.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.O.
Professor, Optometry
Director UAB Eye Care Pediatric Optometry Services
Pediatric Residency Supervisor

Contact Information:
Academic Office - (205) 934-8964
Patient Services/Appointments:
UAB Eye Care - (205) 975-2020
UOG Faculty Practice - (205) 934-5161

Physical Address:
506 Henry Peters Building
1716 University Boulevard

Mailing Address:
HPB 506
1530 Third Avenue South
   Birmingham, AL 35294-0010 

Biographical Sketch:

B.S. - Iowa State University
O.D. - Illinois College of Optometry
M.B.A. - University of Alabama-Birmingham

Administrative Responsibilities:
Director UAB Eye Care Pediatric Optometry Services
Pediatric Residency Supervisor

Dr. Weise grew up in Iowa and completed her BS at Iowa State University in 1992. She obtained her doctorate of optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL in 1995. She completed her residency in Family Practice with an emphasis in Pediatrics at UAB in 1996 and joined the Optometry faculty immediately following. She became the Pediatric Residency Supervisor in 1997 and the Director of Pediatric Optometry Services in 2004.  She obtained her MBA from UAB in 2005. Dr. Weise has travelled nationally and internationally lecturing, presenting research data, and helping underserved populations, but particularly enjoys serving her patients locally. She also enjoys fitness and spending time with her husband and three children. 

Scholarly Activity:

OPT 224 – Anomalies of Binocular Vision I (coursemaster)
Integrative and evidence-based assessment, diagnosis and treatment of heterophoric, vergence and accommodative disorders, fixation disparity, suppression, and oculomotor dysfunction are presented through case-based analysis and team-based learning.  Visual efficiency in special populations and in mild traumatic or acquired brain injury is also explored.  Related practice management, ethics, communication, public health awareness, and literature review techniques permeate the course. Lectures are supplemented with laboratory time that allows for hands-on, detailed experience with a broad array of vision therapy techniques.

OPT 326 - Pediatric Optometry (instructor)
Evaluation of normal and at-risk infants and children including risk factors, specialized refractive and binocular procedures, ocular disease diagnosis, and epidemiologic considerations. Evaluation of individuals with special needs and developmental delays. Introduction to the evaluation and care of patients with vision-related learning problems.

CLN 341, 411, 421 and 431 - Pediatric Clinic II – V (coursemaster)
Through direct patient care, guided education, and independent study in an academic clinical setting, the student will learn skills that help promote and protect the eye and visual health of children, as well as adults with binocular vision anomalies and individuals with special needs.

Dr. Weise is currently involved in several NIH-funded research projects including the Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET), studying the progression of myopia (near-sightedness) in children, and several amblyopia treatment studies through the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group ( ), researching optimal means of treating lazy eye. Locally funded research projects include studies on anisometropia (differences between the two eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), and contact lens wear.  She also joins Children’s of Alabama and other disciplines on the UAB campus in the study of mild traumatic brain injury and sports-related concussion.  

Representative Publications:
Scheiman M, Zhang Q, Gwiazda J, Hyman L, Harb E, Weissberg E, Weise KK, Dias L; the COMET Study Group. Visual activity and its association with myopia stabilisation.  Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2013 Dec 18.

Weise KK, Kaminski B, Melia M, Repka MX, Bradfield YS, Davitt BV, Johnson DA, Kraker RT, Manny RE, Matta NS, Schloff S; Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.  Intraobserver reliability of contact pachymetry in children.  J AAPOS. 2013 Apr;17(2):144-8.

Wallace DK, Lazar EL, Melia M, Birch EE, Holmes JM, Hopkins KB, Kraker RT, Kulp MT, Pang Y, Repka MX, Tamkins SM, Weise KK; Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.  Stereoacuity in children with anisometropic amblyopia.  J AAPOS. 2011 Oct;15(5):455-61.

Holmes JM, Lazar EL, Melia BM, Astle WF, Dagi LR, Donahue SP, Frazier MG, Hertle RW, Repka MX, Quinn GE, Weise KK; for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Effect of Age on Response to Amblyopia Treatment in Children.  Arch Ophthalmol. 2011 Nov;129(11):1451-1457.

Gwiazda J, Deng L, Dias L, Marsh-Tootle W; COMET Study Group. Association of education and occupation with myopia in COMET parents. Optom Vis Sci. 2011 Sep;88(9):1045-53.

Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial 2 Study Group for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.  Progressive-addition lenses versus single-vision lenses for slowing progression of myopia in children with high accommodative lag and near esophoria.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Apr 25;52(5):2749-57.

Weise KK, Marsh-Tootle WL, Corliss D.  Evaluation of Computer-Based Testing of Aniseikonia in Children.  Optom Vis Sci. 2010 Nov;87(11):883-9.

Marsh-Tootle WL, Dong LM, Hyman L, Gwiazda J, Weise KK, Dias L, Fern KD; The COMET Group. Myopia Progression in Children Wearing Spectacles vs. Switching to Contact Lenses. Optom Vis Sci. 2009 June:86(6):741-747.

Rouse M, Borsting E, Mitchell GL, Cotter SA, Kulp M, Scheiman M, Barnhardt C, Bade A, Yamada T; Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) Investigator Group. Validity of the convergence insufficiency symptom survey: a confirmatory study. Optom Vis Sci. 2009 Apr;86(4):357-63.

Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial Study Group. Randomized clinical trial of treatments for symptomatic convergence insufficiency in children. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 Oct;126(10):1336-49.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.  Randomized Trial of Treatment of Amblyopia in Children Aged 7 to 17.  Arch Ophthalmol 2005 April:137:437-447.

Gwiazda J, Hyman L, Hussein M, Everett D, Norton TT, Kurtz D, Leske MC, Manny R, Marsh-Tootle W, Scheiman M, and the COMET Group: A randomized clinical trial of progressive addition lenses versus single vision lenses on the progression of myopia in children. IOVS 44: 1492-1500, 2003.

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


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