From dry eye to traumatic brain injury, our research solves vision problems that plague the nation and the world, while also providing advanced-level vision care, including critically needed services for young children in the United States and in Africa.
Vision research at IU
Vision research areas
Traumatic brain injury
The eyes are a window into concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, and IU researchers are focused on diagnosing and managing those injuries before they cause significant damage.
Clinical optics and myopia
Through cutting-edge clinical optics research, IU faculty are improving the vision and clinical care of patients at our own clinics and around the world. We often work closely with the leading members of the contact lens and vision care industry to develop novel, improved optical designs and safer, more efficient contact lenses.
Low vision and mobility
Loss of peripheral vision, low vision, balance problems, and contrast sensitivity all affect a person’s daily quality of life. Through research, we’re advancing visual rehabilitation methods for the elderly, visually impaired, or blind.
Anterior segment disorders and dry eye
Injuries, allergies, inflammation, dry eye, corneal disorders, cataracts, and presbyopia can affect the eye’s ability to focus. IU researchers are discovering new ways to detect, diagnose, and correct these disorders, both with and without contact lenses.
Glaucoma and visual function
IU researchers are developing new methods to improve the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, a disease that affects 70 million people worldwide and is most severe in the elderly and in underserved populations.
IU faculty are internationally known for their contributions to the science of retinal function and disease, retinal imaging technology, color vision, and visual processing. Their developments in preventing vision loss and blindness have the potential to save the vision of millions of people worldwide.
IU research has led to earlier detection of pediatric eye problems, such as amblyopia (or “lazy eye”), and easier treatments for children and their parents. We are also working toward understanding and preventing permanent vision loss in children.
Stephen A. Burns
Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Color vision, adaptive optics imaging for retina, wavefront sensing
Diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, hypertensive retinopathy, macular degeneration
Steven A. Hitzman
Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus
Eye movement in sports vision with emphasis in performance and concussion
Jason S. Meyer
Associate Professor, Biology Department
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells for nervous system development and disease, optic nerve repair after traumatic brain injury
Donald T. Miller
High-resolution imaging of retina structure for detection and treatment of macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinopathy
Associate Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Psychophysics of visual perception and reading
Neurophysiology of visual world with saccadic eye movement, mathematical models of information processing