Faculty Profile: Lane Ulrich, MD

Lane Ulrich

Lane Ulrich, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Residency Associate Program Director
Clinical Service Chief 
Department Vice Chairman



Clinically, Dr. Ulrich provides care to those patients in need of general eye care. This includes diagnosis and management of cataracts, refractive error, glaucoma, diseases of the anterior segment and diabetic retinopathy screening. Chief among his clinical interests is that of cataract surgery. In July of 2005, Dr. Ulrich became the residency program directorship. He assembled a standard set of instruments to evaluate the ACGME's core competencies. Additionally, in the first year of his directorship the library was updated, a surgical skills lab and course was established. He has continued to pilot the residency now into Milestone, patient safety projects, tweaked scholarly activity and in 2017 worked with Dr. Amy Estes to shift the residency from the long tenured 4 month block rotations to monthly rotation (VA remaining an exception). After site visits and annual evaluations the program now operates without any citations from the ACGME.

Beyond his clinical practice Dr. Ulrich was involved in research in the diabetic retinopathy screening arena. When he first joined the ophthalmic team in July of 2000 there were very few off-the-shelf digital retinal screening systems available for mobile use. He devoted much time to the development of hardware and computer software solutions producing an effective system for mobile retinopathy screening. In conjunction with the efforts of the Community Health Outreach Program of the Medical College of Georgia this system was deployed into primary care provider offices and other centers throughout 16 counties in East Georgia. While it is no longer in operation it resulted in the identification of many patients with untreated and visually threatening retinopathy and macular edema.

Additionally, he has been involved in international ophthalmology traveling to Mombasa, Kenya as well as to Hauna Village, Papua New Guinea and southeastern Romania. There are many people throughout the world who do not have access to the common vision restoring procedures of western society.

Information technology is an area in which Dr. Ulrich finds himself drawn tremendously and through this he seeks to improve efficiency in the department clinically as well as within the residency program. This is done through database development and deployment to automate many processes. In November of 2002 he assumed the role of developing, deploying, and maintaining the department website and in 2012 the Vision Discovery Institute website. At this point he is in the fourth iteration of the website. Please do not hesitate to contact him with any suggestion or comment you have about these pages.

Outside of the medical arena he enjoys reading, teaching weekly in church, and flying his two DJI drones. He obtained his FAA 107 unmanned aerial pilots license in 2016 allowing him to fly in commercial activities, e.g. insurance inspection flights. He posts some of these images to Google Maps and in December of 2017 surpassed 1.5 million views of those. He maintains a blog at laneulrich.com for personal/spiritual/drone related things, a blog at eyereflection.com for professional things and has several surgical videos on YouTube.

Clinical Arena

Summary: As a comprehensive ophthalmologist Dr. Ulrich provides for a wide spectrum of eye care extending from the need for glasses and care of dry eyes to cataract surgery, early diabetic eye disease and medical glaucoma.

Care areas: Glasses, cataracts, routine eye examinations, medical glaucoma and screening, diabetic eye examination, dry eyes.

Key symptoms: Ocular dryness, tearing, itching, blurry vision, floaters.

Specialty: Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Educational Background

B.S. Biology --Houghton College, Houghton, NY --1992

Doctor of Medicine --Medical College of Georgia, Augusta --1996

Preliminary Medicine Internship --Medical College of Georiga --1997

Ophthalmology Residency --Medical College of Georgia, Augusta --2000

Board Certification --American Board of Ophthalmology --2001