Janene Sims, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O.
Associate Professor, Optometry

Contact Information:
Academic Office - (205) 934-0366
Patient Services/Appointments:
UAB Eye Care - (205) 975-2020

Physical Address:
510 Henry Peters Building
1716 University Boulevard

Mailing Address:
HPB 510
1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0010


A.S. - Middle Georgia College
B.S. - University of Alabama at Birmingham
O.D. - UAB School of Optometry
Ph.D. - University of Alabama at Birmingham


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Scholarly Activity:

Teaching –

OPT 234 Professional and Clinical Communications - Communication skills are essential to be successful in Optometry. This course helps to increase the understanding of professional communication, communication problems and their solutions, and increase awareness and skills for excellent professional communication.

CLN 230, 240, 310, 320,330,340,410,420 Clinic Rotations - Supervise second, third, and fourth year interns during routine patient care in the primary care clinic and several community health centers.

OPT 241 Introduction to Clinic – The goal of this course is to help interns begin to integrate all skills and information learned in CEVS, CEC, Primary Care Clinic rotations, and Ocular Pharmacology in order to make basic clinical decisions on a patient.

Research –

Clinical research in the areas of myopia development, foveal sensitivity in glaucoma, and progression of keratoconus.


Sims, J. Foveal Sensitivities in Assessing the Health of the Retina: an Example Using Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. 2004 Dec; Dissertation (PhD). University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Mutti DO, Mitchell GL, Hayes JR, et al. Accommodative lag before and after the onset of myopia. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. Mar 2006;47(3):837-846.

Kleinstein RN. Jones LA. Hullett S. Kwon S. Lee RJ. Friedman NE. Manny RE. Mutti DO. Yu JA. Zadnik K. Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error Study Group. Refractive error and ethnicity in children. Archives of Ophthalmology. 121(8):1141-7, 2003 Aug.

Zadnik K. Manny RE. Yu JA. Mitchell GL. Cotter SA. Quiralte JC. Shipp M. Friedman NE. Kleinstein RN. Walker TW. Jones LA. Moeschberger ML. Mutti DO. Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study Group. Ocular component data in schoolchildren as a function of age and gender. Optometry & Vision Science. 80(3):226-36, 2003 Mar.

Jones-Jordan LA, Mitchell GL, Cotter SA, Kleinstein RN, Manny RE, Mutti DO, Twelker, JD, Sims JR, Zadnik K, the CLEERE Study Group. Visual Activity Prior to and Following the Onset of Juvenile Myopia. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 52(3):1841-1850.

Mutti, D. O., Sinnott, L. T., Mitchell, G. L., Jones-Jordan, L. A., Moeschberger, M. L., Cotter, S. A., the CLEERE Study Group. Relative peripheral refractive error and the risk of onset and progression of myopia in children. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 52(1), 199-205.


Additional Information:

Serves as advisor for the UAB Chapter of the National Optometric Student Association, an organization dedicated to increasing minority representation in Optometry.

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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