Dr. Anderson completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and a Minor in Music at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and then went on to earn both her OD and PhD at the University of Houston College of Optometry. She is the co-coursemaster of clinic practicum I & II and conducts research related to the visual system of children with and without special needs. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, was a two time recipient of the American Optometric Foundation Ezell Fellowship, and received the University of Houston Excellence in Teaching Group Teaching Award in 2015.
Accommodative and visual function in children and individuals with Down syndrome
Dr. Applegate joined the University of Texas Health Science Center faculty in 1988 from the School of Optometry University of Missouri – St. Louis where he served as an assistant professor of optometry. He rose through the faculty ranks quickly to become a tenured professor of ophthalmology in 1993. In 2002 Dr. Applegate accepted the College of Optometry, at the University of Houston’s offer to become the first Borish Chair in Optometry. He has served as a feature editor of Journal of the Optical Society of America –A, Applied Optics, and Optometry and Vision Science on several occasions. Dr. Applegate has served on the editorial board of the journal of Optometry and Visual Science and currently serves on editorial board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery, the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and Clinical and Experimental Optometry. He is a cofounder of the International Congress on Wavefront Sensing and Aberration-Free Refraction Correction, is widely published in leading journals, consultant, and international lecturer whose NIH funded research interests center on the optics of the eye and early ocular disease detection, treatment, and prevention.
Visual optics, ocular aberrations, cataract, refractive surgery, early disease detection.
I, Dr. Baskar Arumugam received BSc in Optometry at Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry and a Fellowship in Clinical Optometry (Resident) at the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad, India. I subsequently went on complete my Ph.D with Prof. Neville McBrien’s lab at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In 2012, I joined University of Houston College of Optometry to take up post-doctoral research training to define the optical performance properties of the vision-dependent mechanisms that regulate ocular growth in rhesus monkeys. My current research interest is to develop effective optical and pharmacological treatment strategies to reduce or inhibit myopia progression in children.
I received a best outgoing optometry resident award from LVPEI and secured a Young Investigator Award at the 14th International Myopia Conference (IMC) that was held at California, USA. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and member of other vision science community such as The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and Optometry Council of India (OCI).
Our lab research is emphases on investigating the operational properties of the vision-dependent mechanisms that regular refractive development, determine the extent to which vision influences eye growth and developing a various treatment strategies. My work particularly involves the investigation of the early signaling (for e.g., ultrastructural) changes with in the inner and outer layers of the eye, which occur during the normal ocular development, and following the anti-myopia treatments such as specially designed optical lenses and pharmaceutical agents.