Anna F. Ablamowicz headshot.

Research Assistant Professor

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(205) 996-6576
Office location: HPB 439

Teaching/research interests: Translational clinical research, dry eye disease, ocular surface mucins, glycocalyx, contact lenses

Office hours: By appointment


  • BS, Tennessee Technological University, Mathematics
  • OD, Southern College of Optometry
  • PhD candidate, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Vision Science

Dr. Anna Ablamowicz is originally from Cookeville, Tennessee. She serves as a clinical attending in the Primary Eye Care clinical service at UAB Eye Care and is a research investigator within the Ocular Surface Research Institute of the Clinical Eye Research Facility. She has served as an investigator on several industry- sponsored clinical trials and FDA trials in the areas of dry eye disease and contact lens. She has published articles in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Contact Lens Spectrum, and Molecular Vision. She has presented papers and posters at annual conferences such as the American Academy of Optometry and the annual Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meetings. With her interest in community outreach, Dr. Ablamowicz serves as the faculty advisor for SVOSH, volunteering for remote area medical trips locally and travelling with students on international trips providing optometric services to those in need. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Alabama Optometric Association, the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society. 

Research Interests: My research interests are in studying diseases of the ocular surface that cause dry eye with a focus on mucins in the tear film and glycocalyx. Specifically, I am currently investigating the expression, concentration, and glycosylation of membrane associated mucins on the eye. I am interested in understanding the impact of inflammation on ocular mucins and understanding the glycobiological basis for dry eye disease.

Select publications:

  • Ablamowicz AF and Nichols JJ. “Concentrations of MUC16 and MUC5AC using three tear collection methods.” Molecular Vision 2017; 23:529-537.
  • Ablamowicz AF. Contact Lens Wear and the Ocular Surface. Key Issues in Ocular Surface Disease: A Continuing Education Review for Optometrists from New England College of Optometry 2017; Issue 3: 5-7.
  • Ablamowicz AF, Woodward AM, Nichols JJ, Argüeso P. A Galectin-3-Based Slot Blot Affinity Assay for MUC16. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2017. E-Abstract (poster).
  • Ablamowicz AF and Nichols JJ. "Ocular Surface Membrane-Associated Mucins." The Ocul Surf 2016; 14(3): 331-341.
  • Ablamowicz AF, Nichols JJ, Nichols KK. Association between serum levels of testosterone and estradiol with meibomian gland assessments in post-menopausal women. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci.2016; 57:295-300.
  • Ablamowicz AF, Nichols JJ. 2016 Report on Dry Eye Diseases. Contact Lens Spectrum 2016; July: 24-31.

Clinical specialties/areas of expertise: Primary Care, Contact Lens, Dry Eye

Academic distinctions and professional societies:  

  • Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association/Alabama Optometric Association
  • The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society
  • 2016 recipient of the Merton Flom Ezell Fellowship in Leadership
  • Loan Repayment Program recipient from NIH
  • 2016 Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowship recipient from the American Optometric Foundation
  • Caroline P. Ireland Research Scholarship Recipient

UAB/Area student groups you participate in:

    SVOSH Faculty Advisor

If you are a clinician, in what UAB Eye Care clinic do you provide care?

  • Primary Care Clinic