• 3.6 GPA of incoming OD classes is among nation’s highest
  • Our UAB School of Optometry graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate on Parts I and II of the national board exams given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • 53% of UABSO’s 2015 graduating class entered a competitive residency, a rate significantly higher than the national average of 20%
  • Dual-degree programs such as the OD/MS, OD/PhD, and OD/MBA add tremendous value to our UABSO student experience
  • UABSO ranks 6th in NEI funding and 3rd in total research funding.  In 2015, UABSO received over $7.7 million in federal research funding, $850 thousand in industry funding, and $446 thousand in private research funding for a total of more than $8.9 million in research funding
  • Clinical and research faculty continue to boast expertise in ocular surface biology, retinal physiology, dry eye, and neuroscience, spanning both basic and clinical science applications
  • The UAB School of Optometry represents one of only three schools of optometry with a Vision Science Research Center that is funded by the NIH’s National Eye Institute through a core grant 
  • UABSO was the only optometry school with a winner in the February 2013 National Eye Institute Audacious Goals challenge, with only 10 winners chosen from almost 500 entries worldwide
  • The UAB Vision Science Research Center is now in its 33rd year of consecutive funding from the National Eye Institute
  • The UAB School of Optometry faculty has authored more textbooks (30) than any other school or college of optometry faculty
  • First optometry school to be conceived from its inception to be part of an academic medical center
  • In 1978, the UAB School of Optometry was the first to establish optometric residency programs within a school of optometry
  • In 2014, the UAB School of Optometry received a total of 291 applications for 45 seats, an average of 6.47 applicants per seat
  • 25,000 patients are seen annually by the UAB School of Optometry’s students and faculty in the low vision, pediatric, contact lens, and primary care clinics, and community outreach programs
  • Alumni achievements include:
    • 3 have served as Dean of a school of optometry
    • 6 are current and/or former faculty members who have been inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame
    • 31 have served as President of the Alabama Optometric Association and 29 have been chosen as president of a state professional association other than Alabama's
    • 1 astronaut who flew on space shuttle Columbia in 1992, becoming the first and only optometrist to become an astronaut
    • 1 President of the American Academy of Optometry
    • 1 President of the American Optometric Association
    • 2 Presidents of the Southern Council of Optometrists
    • 1 has served as a United States Army General

·         53% of UABSO’s 2015 graduating class entered a competitive residency, a rate significantly higher than the national average of 20%

·         Dual-degree programs such as the OD/MS, OD/PhD, and OD/MBA add tremendous value to our UABSO student experience

·         UABSO ranks 6th in NEI funding and 3rd in total research funding.  In 2015, UABSO received over $9.7 million in federal research funding and $850 thousand in industry funding

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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