Optometrists recognized for authorship in dry eye research

Two UAB optometrists have been named among international top productive authors in dry eye disease research.

jason kellyKelly Nichols, O.D., MPH, Ph.D., left, and Jason Nichols, O.D., MPH, Ph.D.Kelly Nichols, O.D., MPH, Ph.D., professor and dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, and Jason Nichols, O.D., MPH, Ph.D., professor and assistant vice president for Industry Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, have both been internationally recognized in two articles published in the peer-reviewed journal The Ocular Surface for their contributions as authors on multiple publications in the study of dry eye disease research.

Both doctors had multiple publications appear on the international list of the Top 100 Most Cited Papers in Dry Eye out of over 3,800 total dry eye publications considered. Kelly Nichols authored five publications on the list, and Jason Nichols authored two. One paper co-authored by both was ranked No. 13.

In addition, in a second bibliometric analysis, the Nicholses were named 12 and 13 among the top 15 most productive authors in international dry eye disease research out of over 13,800 unique authors of articles on dry eye. They are the only two optometrists named.

“The study of dry eye disease is something we continue to emphasize here at the School of Optometry, from our Dry Eye Relief Clinic to our team’s ongoing published research on the disease,” Kelly Nichols said. “Being recognized by the authors in The Ocular Surface journal is a great honor and reflects our continued commitment to translational dry eye research.”