Melissa Bailey

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Postal address: 
338 W 10th Ave Room 468 Fry Hall Columbus, OH 43210

Biographical narrative

Melissa D Bailey, OD, PhD is an associate professor at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Optometry. She received her optometry degree and PhD in vision science from The Ohio State University. Dr. Bailey’s research career is devoted to developing new technologies for use in eye care as well as her research on the role of the ciliary muscle in the development of myopia and accommodative function in children.

In 2015, Dr. Bailey was selected as the Early Career Innovator of the Year at The Ohio State University for her work in developing patented methods for measuring the ciliary muscle. In addition, she has teamed up with the local startup company, Sight4All, Inc., to develop new, patent-pending ways to estimate a patient’s glasses prescription and also measure eye alignment with a smart phone. Sight4All, Inc. and Dr. Bailey secured a grant from Ohio Third Frontier to finalize the software for these new technologies and take them to market. Dr. Bailey is also developing a novel, bifocal contact lens design in collaboration with other researchers with support from an Accelerator Award from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Bailey's myopia research has been funded through the Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation and the Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) as a KL2 scholar. Her KL2 grant funded research investigating the role of the ciliary muscle in myopia development. Data collection for many of Dr. Bailey’s research endeavors are collected in a unique research setting, thanks to a collaboration with a local science museum, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), where she is the director of research in the Eye Pod at COSI's Labs in Life.

Dr. Bailey teaches students in the optometry curriculum at OSU, Contact Lenses I, as well as graduate seminar courses.


  • Early Career Innovator of the Year, 20151001
  • Nominee, Innovator of the Year, 20141001 - 20141001
  • Big Ideas for Health Competition Winner, 20140501 - 20140501
  • Irvin M and Beatrice Borish Outstanding Young Researcher Award, 20121001 - 20121001
  • Graduate Student Leadership Award, 20040501