• Dr. Anna Ablamowicz is originally from Cookeville, Tennessee. She serves as a clinical attending in the Primary Eye Care clinical service at UAB Eye Care and is a research investigator within the Ocular Surface Research Institute of the Clinical Eye Research Facility. She has served as an investigator on several industry- sponsored clinical trials and FDA trials in the areas of dry eye disease and contact lens. She has published articles in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Contact Lens Spectrum, and Molecular Vision. She has presented papers and posters at annual conferences such as the American Academy of Optometry and the annual Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meetings. With her interest in community outreach, Dr. Ablamowicz serves as the faculty advisor for SVOSH, volunteering for remote area medical trips locally and travelling with students on international trips providing optometric services to those in need. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Alabama Optometric Association, the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2017 Concentrations of MUC16 and MUC5AC using three tear collection methodsMolecular Vision.  23:529-537. 2017
    2016 Ocular Surface Membrane-Associated MucinsOcular Surface.  14:331-341. 2016
    2016 Association between serum levels of testosterone and estradiol with meibomian gland assessments in postmenopausal womenInvestigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.  57:295-300. 2016
    2011 Predicting the necessity of LASIK enhancement after cataract surgery in patients with multifocal IOL implantationClinical Ophthalmology.  5:1281-1285. 2011

    Research Overview

  • My research interests are in studying diseases of the ocular surface that cause dry eye with a focus on mucins in the tear film and glycocalyx. Specifically, I am currently investigating the expression, concentration, and glycosylation of membrane associated mucins on the eye. I am interested in understanding the impact of inflammation on ocular mucins and understanding the glycobiological basis for dry eye disease.

    Keywords - Translational clinical research, dry eye disease, ocular surface mucins, glycocalyx, contact lenses
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    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Optometry, Southern College 2013
  • Full Name

  • Anna Tichenor