The residents and faculty at California Pacific Medical Center are actively involved in many clinical and multicenter projects. Current investigations include exploration of genetic markers in strabismus, retinal complications of anterior surgery, management of cataract in patients with CMV retinitis and visual acuity determination in cortical visual impairment.
In addition, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, the sister-center of the ophthalmology department, is one of the most respected visual science centers in the world.
Other research interests include the evaluation of porous polyethylene orbital implants, electrophysiologic detection of retinal toxicity from systemic medication, outcomes of cataract, glaucoma and corneal surgeries by resident surgeons, and microvascular changes associated with HIV and its treatment.
Members of the department are at work on several clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration using micronutrients and light-activated compounds to find effective treatment and/or prevention for this important disease.