Patient-Based Research

By looking at health outcomes, access and social disparities in addition to safety, occupational and environmental vision, researchers are gaining a better understanding of vision science. Clinical trials, studying ocular disease, epidemiology, mobility and ADL and evidence-based practice also fall under patient-based research at the UAB School of Optometry.

Featured Research

Clinical Eye Research Facility

Clinical Eye Research Facility

The Clinical Eye Research Facility, CERF, at the UAB School of Optometry conducts innovative research in areas ranging from dry eye disease and contact lenses, to low vision and pediatric eye problems. CERF is always in need of participants for a variety of research studies and is presently seeking subjects 18 years or older to enroll in a database for notification of current and future studies.

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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye Disease

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye Disease

The National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, awarded Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, a five-year, $1.9 million R01 grant to study potential molecular markers in meibomian gland dysfunction, a type of evaporative dry eye disease. Evaporative dry eye is the most common type of dry eye disease, and meibomian gland dysfunction is the most widespread form of evaporative dry eye. Millions of Americans suffer from MGD, and study findings could lead to a targeted therapy.

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Pediatric Vision Research

Pediatric Vision Research

The UAB School of Optometry is participating in a study investigating the effectiveness of amblyopia treatment using an iPad video game as an alternative to traditional patching, and recently participated in a multi-centered randomized clinical trial evaluating the effects of vision therapy for children with convergence insufficiency on reading and attention.

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