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Phone: +1 319 356 8301
Web: UI Dept. of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
OD, Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, 1980
Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
age-related vision loss,
visual field loss,
Dr. Wilkinson's research interests are in two general areas;
inherited eye diseases and driving with a reduction in visual
functioning. Dr. Wilkinson works with Dr. Edwin Stone and the other
researchers in the Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration
(CFCMD) to evaluate and quantify the phenotypic differences in
visual functioning of individuals with inherited eye diseases. Dr.
Wilkinson is also working with the CFCMD on Project 3000, a study
designed to genotype and phenotype all individuals in the United
States with Leber's Congenital Amaurosis. In the area of
driving with a reduction in visual functioning, Dr. Wilkinson
recently worked with the FDA's Ophthalmic Device Division to
evaluate how contrast sensitivity loss affects driving performance
under mesopic lighting conditions. Driving performance was
evaluated at the University of Iowa National Advanced Driving
Simulator and Simulation Center (NADS). Additional studies Dr.
Wilkinson will be involved with in the first quarter of 2007, which
will also be contacted at NADS, include a study that will look at
the driving behaviors of individuals who have experienced a
permanent reduction in their visual fields from conditions such as
retinitis pigmentosa and stroke. Another study will evaluate an
advanced optics aspheric intraocular lens under night driving
conditions. Finally, a study to evaluate the benefits of an
advanced optics aspheric contact lens while driving is under
development at this time.
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