One of the foundational principles upon which University Eye Specialists was established is our focus on advancing and improving eye care. We believe that it is our obligation to use our unique skills and expertise to benefit the field of ophthalmology as a whole. Conducting clinical research is crucial to the betterment of eye care and improving patient outcomes – and this is something that we are very proud of! University Eye Specialists’ clinical research team lead by Dr. Kenneth Olander, MD, PhD, is the only ophthalmological study site in our area that performs a wide variety of studies on pharmaceutical drops and medical devices. Dr. Olander has over 40 years of clinical and research experience and has performed over 125 studies within the eyecare industry. Research assistant, Kim Rivera, COA, has worked alongside Dr. Olander on over 15 studies over the last five years. They are joined by Katie McCammon and Kim Partridge in our state-of-the-art research department. Currently, we are conducting research on various studies including a glaucoma medical device study, a generic vs. brand name pharmaceutical study, a new glaucoma medication study, and a study to evaluate the effectiveness of a new drop for patients who suffer from dry eyes. Through leading this initiative, we know that we are making a tangible difference for our patients – helping East Tennessee Live Life in Focus.