Earl L. Smith III

Dean, College of Optometry

Earl Smith

Earl Smith received his O.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Houston and subsequently joined the faculty of the College of Optometry at UH in 1978. Currently he holds the Greeman-Petty Professorship in Vision Development (since 1987) and is the Dean of the College of Optometry (since2003). Earl Smith's primary research interests are focused on the effects of normal and abnormal visual experience on the developing visual system. For the last fifteen years, his research has concentrated on the role of vision in regulating refractive development and eye growth. Earl Smith is the recipient of the Glenn Fry Award from the American Academy of Optometry for his research on emmetropization (1996) and is a two-time co-recipient of the International Glaucoma Review Award (1999, 2002). In 1994, he received UH's Amoco Teaching Excellence Award and was selected by the Texas Optometric Association as its Educator of the Year in 2003. Earl Smith is a past president of the American Optometric Foundation (2002), a past Chair of NIH's Central Visual Processing Study Section (2001-2003) and currently is a member of NIH's National Advisory Eye Council.