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Dr. Burns’ main research interests are in color vision, with an emphasis on human cone function in health and disease. In recent years he has concentrated on optical measurements of cone waveguide properties and how they interact with the optical quality of the eye. He is currently using adaptive optics imaging to investigate the retina.

The Burns Lab is involved in understanding the fundamentals of retinal structure, including individual variations in normal retinal structure.  We are also very interested in how retinal function and structure are influenced by disease

Areas of Research

  • Adaptive Optics
  • Aging
    • Color Vision
    • Cone Optical Density
    • Cone Orientation
    • Early Temporal Processing 
    • Multiply Scattered Light Imaging
    • Retinal Imaging and reflectometry 
    • Vascular Imaging
    • Wavefront Aberrations

Subject Area

  • Optometry

Areas of expertise:

  • Retinal disease
  • Glaucoma and visual function
Neuroscience, Optometry, Optometry
PhD, Ohio State University, Biophysics, 1977
BS, Lehigh University, 1972

Fellow, Optical Society of America, 1993

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry, 2006

Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (Gold 2014), 2008

Tillyer Medal, Optical Society of America, 2010