In the Vision Science program we study the eye, the visual system their problems. This includes both the pathogenesis of visual dysfunction and the amelioration of visual disabilities. Vision science is multidisciplinary, and can include any discipline that relates to the eye and its problems. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees provide breadth through a variety of courses offerings. The non-thesis MS degree allows those with an undergraduate degree in Optometry to build on their knowledge of the eye and vision science. The thesis-based M.S. and Ph.D. degrees also add depth to the training of vision scientists through original research leading to a thesis or a dissertation.
Research: The Program includes a highly active group of multidisciplinary scientists, mostly from within the School of Optometry but also from Physics, Bioengineering, Intelligent System Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology. Research areas include imaging, optics, neuroscience, visual development, visual impairment and correction, visual psychophysics, cell and molecular biology, genetics and biophysics, and involve both basic science and translational research.
Funding: Exceptional students can be financially supported through a combination of grants, fellowships, and teaching activities.
Anterior segment disorders and dry eye
Injuries, allergies, inflammation, dry eye, corneal disorders, cataracts, and presbyopia can affect the eye’s ability to focus. Our researchers are discovering new ways to detect, diagnose, and correct anterior segment disorders, both with and without contact lenses.
Glaucoma and visual function
Our 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.
Our 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.
Clinical optics and myopia
Through cutting-edge clinical optics research, our 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 patient’s daily quality of life. Through research, we’re advancing visual rehabilitation methods for patients who are elderly, visually impaired, or blind.
Our research leads 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.
Traumatic brain injury
The eyes are a window into concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, and our researchers are focused on diagnosing and managing those injuries before they cause significant damage.
Indiana University is a major public research university founded in 1820. It currently enrolls over 33,000 undergraduates and 10,000 postgraduate students on the Bloomington campus with over 110,000 students in the university system. Bloomington campus is always referred by visitors as one of the most beautiful campuses around the world. The School of Optometry has very active research and graduate programs with numerous collaborations with other disciplines within the university. The School has several major teaching clinics as well as outreach affiliations. Bloomington is a relaxed community located in a beautifully wooded and hilly area of the state where cultural and recreational opportunities abound, housing costs are low, schools are excellent, and commuting time is short. More information about the School is available at www.optometry.iu.edu, and about the University at www.indiana.edu.