Ophthalmology And Visual Sciences

Mark E. Wilkinson, OD, FAAO


Medical Director, UI Optical
Director, Vision Rehabilitation Service, UI Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Contact Information

Primary Office: 11190A  PFP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-8301

Email: mark-wilkinson@uiowa.edu
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Web: UI Clinical Profile


BS, Zoology, Iowa State University
OD, Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry

Licensure and Certifications

Illinois Optometry Licensure (Inactive), Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
Optometric Certification, National Board of Optometric Examiners

Research Summary

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.

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration
Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research

Selected Publications

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Braverman N, Raymond G, Rizzo W, Moser A, Wilkinson M, Stone E, Steinberg S, Wangler M, Rush E, Hacia J, Bose M.  Peroxisome biogenesis disorders in the Zellweger spectrum: An overview of current diagnosis, clinical manifestations, and treatment guidelines.  Mol Genet Metab.  2016. 117(3):313-21.

Wilkinson M, Brown T, Ahmad O.  The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS): Description and Capabilities in Vision Related Research.  Optometry, Journal of the American Optometric Association Online edition.  2012 June. 83(6):79-84.

Wilkinson M.  Response.  Optometry.  2011 December. 82(12):723.

Wilkinson M, Olson R, Kuusisto S.  What Is Our Role In Promoting Literacy For Children Who are “Blind” or Visually Impaired?.  Optometry, Journal of the American Optometric Association.  2011 September. 82(9):503-504.

Wilkinson M.  Contrast Sensitivity Testing: When Visual Acuity Testing Alone is Not Enough.  Insight.  2010 October. 35(4):26-27.

Johnson C, Wilkinson M.  Vision and driving: the United States.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2010 June. 30(2):170-6.

Schultheis M, Manning K, Weisser V, Blasco A, Ang J, Wilkinson M.  Vision and driving in multiple sclerosis.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil.  2010 February. 91(2):315-7.

Wilkinson M.  Chapter 8. Clinical Low Vision Services.  AFB Press.  2010 January. 

Wilkinson M.  Essential Optics Review for the Boards.  2nd ed.. FEP International, Inc.;  2009  June.

Siemsen D, Wilkinson M.  Notes on low vision visual acuities, charts, and other stuff.  AER Report.  2009 Spring. 

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