Why the UAB School of Optometry?

With faculty and students excelling in academics, vision science research and clinical eye care, the UAB School of Optometry is one of the top optometry programs in the nation.

In 2017, the School received
$4.65 million in research funding
First School of Optometry to have a Vision Science Research Center
First school
of optometry to
have a
Vision Science Research Center
the uab school of optometry ranks 3rd nationally in vision research funding to schools and colleges of optometry & 2nd in basic biomedical research funding
4 PhD trainees have been named Ezell Fellows by the American Optometric Foundation
Dr. Michael Twa named Editor-in-Chief for Optometry & Vision Science, the profession’s top academic journal
5
current faculty members have been awarded Ezell Fellowships
OD graduates since 1973
OD graduates since 1973 1,556
382 optometrists have successfully completed residencies
368 optometrists have successfully completed residencies at the UAB School of Optometry
30 Faculty authored textbooks— more than any other school or college of optometry faculty
1st
to establish a residency program within a school of optometry
UAB Vision Science Research Center is now in its
36
th year
of consecutive funding from the National Eye Institute
50 students per class, each with a faculty
50 students per class, each with a faculty mentor
Green people icons. 10 members of class of 2017 entered competitive optometry residency programs across the nation
300 eye exams and glasses provided for underserved individuals during the annual Gift of Sight outreach event
260 eye exams and glasses provided for underserved individuals during the annual Gift of Sight outreach event
Among the top 5 optometry programs with entering GPA of 3.6
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34,000 sq. ft. state- of-the-art clinic and community outreach programs provide first-hand clinical experience
Founded in 1969 and awarded first doctor of optometry degrees in 1973
Founded in 1969 and awarded first doctor of optometry degrees in 1973
Dual-degree programs such as OD/MS, OD/MPH, & OD/MBA add tremendous value to the student experience
The UAB School of Optometry is among the few optometry schools that are also part of academic medical centers