Alon Harris

Alon Harris, PhD, FARVO

Letzter Professor of Ophthalmology



Alon Harris, MS, PhD, FARVO, serves as the Lois Letzter Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, professor of cellular and integrative physiology, and director of the Glaucoma Research and Diagnostic Center at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute. He is an internationally recognized leader in clinical ophthalmic research and his areas of expertise include glaucoma, ocular perfusion assessment, ophthalmic treatments, generic medications, ocular imaging, population based studies, minority focused research and education and individualized ocular risk assessment. Dr. Harris’ scientific work centers on glaucoma risk factor assessment, with emphasis on monitoring structural and functional glaucoma progression and imaging ocular blood flow and metabolism. He serves as a consultant to many biotech, pharmaceutical and startup ocular imaging entities, and also as director of multiple IU School of Medicine courses.

Dr. Harris has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, 18 books and more than 40 book chapters. He has received numerous national and international awards including the Sam Rothberg Glaucoma Award; the William and Mary Greve International Research Scholar Award from the Research to Prevent Blindness organization; the Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD., Experience Excellence Recognition Award; Edmund Benjamin Spaeth Oration Award for Outstanding Clinical Research; American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and Letzter Endowed Chair of Ophthalmology

In addition, Dr. Harris has received close to $5 million in research funds from prestigious institutions including the National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association, and the National Eye Institute in the United States.

Dr. Harris holds two patents in the United States: 1) Novel treatment of macular edema; and 2) Method to increase retinal and optic nerve head blood flow. He has several additional patents pending.


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Glick Eye Institute 1160 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
  • Director of Clinical Research, Department of Ophthalmology