"Optometric research is meaningful for the individual doctor, the individual patient, the researcher (obviously), and ultimately for the optometric profession in general. I strongly believe that research that changes how optometrists take care of people is the underpinning of a true profession. Ohio State Optometry has that kind of research portfolio"

Dr. Karla Zadnik, Dean

"The OSU College of Optometry is at the forefront of optometric research that can be immediately used in clinical practice. Research findings ranging from retinal imaging to binocular vision result in improved outcomes for our patients suffering from a variety of ocular maladies"

Dr. Jeff Walline

About our research

Research is a vital activity at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Unlike many other optometric institutions, the College’s very presence at Ohio State is predicated on the generation and dissemination of new knowledge. That means research. The work here seeks to fill gaps in knowledge in the broad area of optometry and vision science. Some research directly influences the care of optometric patients on an everyday basis. Some generates information on how the eye and visual system work. Advances in recent years range from the identification of outdoor activity as protective against myopia development to learning more about the relationship of intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells to glaucoma and traumatic brain injury to the influence of culture and language on color naming. Ohio State's College of Optometry is internationally recognized in the research areas of ocular imaging, contact lenses, refractive error development, binocular vision, infant and children's vision, vision rehabilitation, keratoconus, visual psychophysics, and visual perception.