Mark Wilkinson , OD, FAAO
Aging Related Research:
Dr. Wilkinson's age-related research interests are in two general areas; inherited eye diseases and driving with a reduction in visual functioning. Dr. Wilkinson works with Dr. Edwin Stone and the other researchers in the Wynn Institute for Vision Research (WIVR - http://www.wivr.uiowa.edu) to evaluate and quantify the phenotypic differences in visual functioning of individuals with inherited eye diseases. In the area of driving with a reduction in visual functioning, Dr. Wilkinson has worked with the FDA's Ophthalmic Device Division to evaluate how contrast sensitivity loss affects driving performance under mesopic lighting conditions. Driving performance was evaluated at the University of Iowa National Advanced Driving Simulator and Simulation Center (NADS). Additional studies Dr. Wilkinson assisted with a study that looked at the driving behaviors of individuals who have experienced a permanent reduction in their visual fields from conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa and stroke. An additional study Dr. Wilkinson was involved in evaluate an advanced optics aspheric intraocular lens under night driving conditions. Finally, Dr. Wilkinson worked on a study that evaluated the benefits of an advanced optics aspheric contact lens while driving under mesopic conditions.