Visual Function Assessment Core


Overview of Services

To fully understand the mammalian visual system requires an accurate assessment of visual system function which is often compromised in diseases of the retina, optic nerve, cornea, and lens. The Visual Function Assessment Core provides the technical expertise and instrumentation for scientists at Augusta University to analyze visual function in rodent models of ocular disease. The Visual Function Assessment Core is funded by the prestigious National Eye Institute (NEI) Center Core Grant for Vision Research (P30) awarded to the Vision Discovery Institute (VDI) of Augusta University. Visual assessments included in this core include:

  •  Electroretinography (ERG)
  •  Optomotor response (OMR)
  •  Spectral domain-optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT)
  •  Fundoscopy and fluorescein angiography (FA)
  •  Slit-lamp biomicroscopy
  •  Laser induction of vasculopathy
  •  Measurement of intraocular pressure (IOP)

Links and Resources

  1. VDI at Augusta University



Sylvia Smith, PhD Director 706-721-3449
Amany Tawfik Co-Director 706-721-3449

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are closed on the holidays listed below.

Carl Sanders Research and Education Building

1460 Laney Walker Blvd.

Augusta, GA

Carl Sanders Research and Education Building


Name Role Phone Email Location
Barbara Mysona, PhD
Haiyan Xiao, PhD
Vision Core Facility