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Larry Baitch, OD, PhD, FAAO

Professor, Associate Dean for Research

Department: School of Optometry
Office: LINC 210I

(P) 774.243.3428


School of Optometry


Optometry (OD)


Emory University, Atlanta, GA
BS, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL
OD, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL
PhD, University of Houston, Houston, TX
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Research Interests

Accommodation and Presbyopia
Ophthalmic Lasers and Wavefront Optics
Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Visual Electrophysiology and Psychophysics
Binocular Vision, Strabismus and Amblyopia
Virtual Reality Environments

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

Book Chapters
Baitch LW: Visual Electrodiagnosis: Strategic Approaches to Ocular Pathology. In: Clinical Optometric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, B Onofrey, Ed. (1993), Ch. 82, pp. 1-38. J.B.Lippincott Publishing Co., Philadelphia.

Baitch L and Preslan M: Cortical binocular recovery following strabismus surgery. In: Update on Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology, (1993) G Lennarsrand, Ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Haines, M., Billings, G., Charlebois, B., Baitch, L., Mycek, M., Mordovanakis, A: Second Harmonic Generation in Scleral Collagen as a Non-Invasive Probe for Tissue Optical Properties. In: Optical Society of America 2015, NW4A.9 Nonlinear Optics, OSA Technical Digest, July 2015 ISBN: 978-1-55752-001-2

Baitch, L, Smith, R. Physiological Correlates of Spatial Perceptual Discordance in a Virtual Environment. 1999. White Paper, General Motors Research.

Beaudet K, Baitch L and Wheeler D: Culturally adjusted picture acuity cards. Amer Orthoptic Jour 1997; 47:136-43.

Baitch L and Sanders B: The Texas Sandwich: A new low anxiety electrode for ERG recording. In Technical Digest on Noninvasive Assessment of the Visual System, Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C. 1991; 1:72-75

Srebro R, Baitch L: Image segmentation and VEP topography. Vision Research 1991; 31:2039-2046

Baitch L, Ridder W, Smith EL, Harwerth R: Binocular Beat VEPs: Losses of cortical binocularity in monkeys reared with abnormal visual experience. Invest Ophthalmol and Vis Science) 1991; 32(12):3096-3103.

Baitch L, Levi D: Binocular Beat: Psychophysical studies of binocular interaction in normal and stereoblind humans. Vision Res 1989; 29:27-36.

Baitch L, Levi D: Evidence for nonlinear binocular interactions in human visual cortex. Vision Res 1988; 28;1139-1143

McDonald M, Dobson V, Sebris S, Baitch L, Varner D, and Teller D: The acuity card procedure: A rapid test of infant acuity. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Science 1985; 26:1158-1162.

Selected Conference Abstracts
Baitch, L: Objective Measurement of Accommodation and Depth-of-Focus Using the Tracey iTrace®. Wavefront Congress, 2017.

Schanzlin, D., Baitch, L., Iskander R., Improvement in Near Vision and Dynamic Wavefront Analysis From a Single Site in the VisAbility Multicenter Clinical Trial. ASCRS, 2016

Baitch, L., Schanzlin, D, Iskander, D.: Pre- vs. Enhanced Accommodation and Expanded Depth-of-Focus in Presbyopic Scleral Implant Patients: Objective Correlates for Improved Near Visual Acuity. ESCRS, 2014.

Baitch, L., Schanzlin, D, Iskander, D.: Pre- vs. Post-operative Ocular Wavefront Changes after Scleral Implant Surgery for Presbyopia. ASCRS, 2014.

Mordovonakis, A, Baitch, L: Subsurface femtolaser photodistruption in the sclera for the creation of presbyopic implant tunnels. Suppl Inv Ophthalmol Vis Sci, (ARVO) 2013.

Boudet K, Baitch L, and Wheeler D: A new culturally-adjusted visual acuity test for young children. Presented to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), June, 1995.

Baitch L: New Electrophysiological Methods for Assessment of Cortical Binocular Interaction. Presented to American Orthoptic Society, May 1996.

Baitch L. Binocular VEP nonlinearities arise from cortical, not retinal generators. ARVO: Suppl Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 1996; 37(4).

Baitch L and Preslan M: Cortical binocular recovery following strabismus surgery. Presented to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), 1994.

Baitch L, Ridder W, Smith EL , Harwerth R: The monkeys' beat: Binocular VEP's reflect type onset and duration of abnormal visual rearing experience Suppl Investigative Ophthalmol and Vis Sci (ARVO), 1989 30(4).


General Motors Research Award: “Studies of Human Binocular Vision and Perception in C.A.V.E. Virtual Reality Environments”.

Sinai Hospital Foundation: “Use of VEP and Pattern ERG in Optic Neuropathy and Neuro-retinal Disorders”

Leland Fikes Foundation: “Source Localization in the Visual Evoked Potential”

National Eye Institute / National Institutes of Health: EY05874-2 “Assessment of Binocularity Using Uniform Field Stimuli”

Joint award program project with Department of Neurology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: “Use of Diaminopyridine and 4-Aminopyridine in Multiple Sclerosis”

Co-investigator: National Eye Institute / National Institutes of Health: R01EY08515 “System Identification of the Luminance VEP with Long Pseudorandom Binary M-sequences”. Richard Srebro, Primary Investigator.

Mortar Board Honor Society, Emory University

Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
American Society for Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
American Optometric Association
Texas Optometric Association
North Texas Optometric Society
Scleral Lens Society
Int’l Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV)
Int’l Society of Presbyopia (ISOP)
Optometric Council for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (OCCRT)
Int’l Society for Optics & Photonics (SPIE)