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Jane Gwiazda, PhD

Jane Gwiazda Jane Gwiazda, PhD

Research Profile

PhD, Experimental Psychology, Northeastern University, FARVO, FAAO


Research Interests

Dr. Gwiazda previously conducted research on infant vision development, and in the past two decades her research interests shifted to include both the risk factors for myopia development and the evaluation of treatments for slowing myopia progression.

Dr. Gwiazda is principal investigator and chair of the Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET), a national, multi-site randomized clinical trial that evaluated whether progressive addition lenses were more effective than traditional single vision lenses in slowing the progression of juvenile-onset myopia. The COMET study, which began in 1996, was the first clinical trial in optometry and is still ongoing, although its focus is now a longitudinal study of risk factors for myopia progression and stabilization. Working with Dr. Li Deng, the biostatistician at NECO, Dr. Gwiazda is the principal investigator of an R21 grant from the National Eye Institute for secondary analysis of COMET data, focusing on the relationship between myopia and astigmatism.

Dr. Gwiazda is also principal investigator of the NEI-funded T35 training grant, an initiative through which promising optometry students are recruited each year to participate in an intensive 10-week summer research program to interest them in pursuing careers in vision research and academia.


Erik Weissberg, NECO
Ruth Manny, U.H. College of Optometry
Tom Norton and Wendy Marsh Tootle, UAB School of Optometry
Mitch Scheiman, PCO at Salus University
Leslie Hyman, Stony Brook

Professional Memberships


Featured Publications

  1. Gwiazda J, Deng L, Norton T, Manny R, the COMET group. Seasonal progression in the Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET) cohort. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014; 55(2):752-8. doi: 10.1167/iovs.13-13029. 
  2. Deng L, Gwiazda J, Manny RE, Scheiman M, Weissberg E, Fern KD, Weise K; COMET Study Group. Limited change in anisometropia and aniso-axial length over 13 years in myopic children enrolled in the correction of myopia evaluation trial. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014;55(4):2097-105. doi: 10.1167/iovs.13-13675. 
  3. Scheiman M, Zhang Q, Gwiazda J, Hyman L, Harb E, Weissberg E, Weise KK, Dias L; the COMET Study Group. Visual activity and its association with myopia stabilization. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2013 Dec 18. doi: 10.1111/opo.12111. 
  4. COMET Group. Myopia stabilization and associated factors in Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET) participants. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Oct 24. doi:pii: iovs.13-12403v1. 10.1167/iovs.13-12403. 
  5. Harb E, Fazzari M, Hyman L, Gwiazda J, Marsh-Tootle W, COMET Group. Factors associated with macular thickness in the COMET myopic cohort. Optom Vis Sci. 2012, 89:620-31. 
  6. Fern K, Manny, Gwiazda J, Hyman L, COMET Group. Intraocular pressure and central corneal thickness in the COMET cohort. Optom Vis Sci. 2012, 89:1225-1234. 
  7. Scheiman M, Gwiazda J, Li T. Non-surgical interventions for convergence insufficiency. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD006768. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD006768.pub2. 
  8. Gwiazda J, Deng L, Dias L, Marsh-Tootle W, COMET Group. Association of education and occupation with myopia in COMET parents. Optom Vis Sci. 2011;88:1045-53. 
  9. Deng L, Gwiazda J. Birth season, photoperiod, and infancy refraction. Optom Vis Sci. 2011;88:383-387.