Research & Education

The LSU Eye Center’s teaching program is a foundation of the institution’s mission and of its outstanding reputation. Dedicated to educational excellence at all levels of medical training; the center provides training for the ophthalmologists, ophthalmic allied health professionals, and vision research scientists of tomorrow in a stimulating environment for learning and for meeting
degree requirements.

The Center offers one of the most comprehensive introductory eye care courses in the country to third-year medical students. The residency program is among the nation’s most prominent. Fellows benefit from the integration of clinical service and the wealth of new and unfolding discoveries of world-renown researchers.

Ophthalmologists from around the world seek post-residency training at the LSU Eye Center to gain further education and experience ophthalmic subspecialties including glaucoma, corneal disease and refractive surgery, and retina and vitreous diseases. Fellows refine the skills they will need to be practicing clinicians or to go into academic medicine. They work closely with faculty physicians to care for patients, participate in both laboratory science and clinical research, and assist in training ophthalmology residents in eight different medical settings.

The LSU Eye Center’s comprehensive research program includes landmark work in diseases of the anterior segment, correction of refractive error, retinal disease, glaucoma, immunology, viral disease and antiviral drugs, polymer science, and drug delivery.

The Lions Research Lab area which encompasses 21 thousand square feet of basic and clinical research space intersperses individual investigators’ laboratories among common rooms sharing the following equipment:





• Light microscopes
• Fluorescence and inverted microscopes
• Scanning and transmission electron microscopes
• Mass spectrometers
• Confocal microscopes
• Incubators
• Ultracentrifuge
• Biohazard level tissue culture hoods
• Bacterial and viral incubators
• Freezers

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