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Associate Professor

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Office location: HPB 526

Schedule a UAB Eye Care Appointment: 205-975-2020

Teaching/research interests: Specialty contact lenses

Office hours: By appointment


  • M.S., Ohio State University, Vision Science, research area: ocular electrophysiology
  • Ph.D., University of Alabama Birmingham, Vision Science, research area: corneal physiology
  • O.D., Ohio State University

John Laurent received his Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree and an MS degree in Vision Science from the Ohio State University in 1976. After 16 years in clinical practice, he returned to school and studied corneal physiology, earning a PhD from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 1996.

He has practiced clinical optometry in a variety of settings: private practice, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and with Schaeffer Eye Center in Birmingham, AL. He spent four years as a research scientist at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Lab in Pensacola, FL, working on night vision and spatial disorientation. Later he served as the Research Director for the Navy Refractive Surgery Center in San Diego, CA, helping evaluate the suitability of laser vision correction for the armed forces. After leaving the Navy, he completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the UAB School of Optometry where he worked with patients who had severe vision problems and required specialty contact lens fitting.

Dr. Laurent is currently an Associate Professor of Optometry and Vision Science and teaches specialty contact lens fitting in the classroom and clinic. He is a longstanding member of the American Optometric Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists.

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Recent courses taught:

  • Basic Science in Clinical Optometry (1st year) - Explores the connection between the basic sciences and the knowledge needed to practice clinical optometry
  • Contact Lenses and Advanced Contact Lens Elective (3rd year) - Teaches students about the design and fitting of contact lenses
  • Business Aspects of Optometry (3rd year) - Teaches students about employment, practice ownership and management, practice finances, taxes and other aspects of conducting the business of optometric practice

Select publications:

  • Laurent, J., Li, Y. (2013). Optimizing Lens Wear in Cases of Pre-Existing Ocular Conditions. Contact Lens Spectrum, December 2013, 30-36.
  • Laurent, J., Deligio, D. (2016). Incorporating Specialty and Custom Soft Contact Lenses into Practice. Contact Lens Spectrum, December 2016, 20-23.

Clinical specialties/areas of expertise: Contact lenses

Academic distinctions and professional societies:  

  • Fellow of American Academy of Optometry
  • Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society
  • Member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists

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

  • Contact Lens Clinic
  • Primary Care Clinic