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Sherry Bass, OD

Distinguished Teaching Professor


Dr. Bass has been a member of the University Eye Center since 1980 and is currently a distinguished teaching professor at SUNY Optometry. Dr. Bass currently serves as residency supervisor for the Ocular Disease Service. Dr. Bass received her Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY Optometry in 1980. She is also a consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and has chaired a number of accreditation visits for residency programs across the United States. Dr. Bass has authored over 150 publications, including several book chapters, and has presented nearly 500 lectures at national and international meetings on diseases of the posterior segment, imaging technology and perimetry. Dr. Bass is actively involved in research in the genetics of hereditary retinal disorders and the use of imaging technology in understanding the pathophysiology of retinal disorders.


Ocular Disease


Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development

Member, American Optometric Association


OD, SUNY College of Optometry, 1980

BA, SUNY Albany, 1974



Sherman J and Bass SJ:  Malpractice: The Do’s and Don’ts of Rendering Care. In Press


Book Chapters

Bass, SJ.  Examination of the Posterior Segment. In Rosenfield M and Logan N (eds)

Optometry: Techniques and Clinical Management. 2nd edition.  2009 Butterworth, Heinemann, Elsevier, London, England, pp 277-298.

Sherman J and Bass S: Albinism. In Marks E, Thomann K, Adamczyk A (eds).  The Eye in Systemic Disease 2001, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY

Sherman J and Bass SJ.  Neurological and ocular disease masquerading as amblyopia.  Applied Concepts in Visual Therapy.  1997, Mosby Co., St. Louis, Mo.

Bass SJ, Sherman J.  Visual field testing in the low vision patient.  In Rosenthal, B,  and Cole, R, (Eds).  Functional Assessment of Low Vision 1995; Mosby, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.

Sherman J, Bass SJ.  Electrodiagnosis in evaluating and managing the low vision patient.  In

Rosenthal B and Cole R, (eds), Functional Assessment of Low Vision, Mosby, Inc., St. Louis, Mo. 1995.

Bass SJ and Sherman J.  Toxoplasmosis.  In Marks E, Thomann K, Adamczyk D (eds).  Primary Eyecare In Systemic Disease.  1995: Appleton and Lange, Inc., East Norwalk, CT. 15

Sherman J and Bass SJ: Albinism.  In Marks E, Thomann K, Adamczyk D (eds), Primary Eyecare in Systemic Disease 1995; Appleton and Lange, Inc., East Norwalk, CT.


Book Reviews

Nguyen QD, et al.  Retinal Pharmacotherapy. Saunders, 2010. Optometry 2011. In Press

Yannuzzi L. The Retinal Atlas. Saunders, 2010.  Optometry 2010.

Huang, D, et al.   Retinal Imaging, Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier, 2006.   Optometry 2008. 79(12)712-713.



MacIver S, Bass SJ, Sherman J: Visual acuity recovery in a case of idiopathic retinal vasculitis aneurysms and neuroretinitis.  Optom Vis Sci  2012 89(3):356-363.

Bass SJ, Sherman J, Giovinazzo V. Bilateral Coats response in a female patient leads to diagnosis of fascioscapulohumeral dystrophy.  Optometry 2011 82(2):72-76.

Bathija-Lala B, Bass SJ, Madonna R, Dayan A:  Choroidal neovascularization alter LASIK in a young healthy myope Optometry May, 2010 81(12):632-637

Bass SJ:  What’s Your Diagnosis:  Young woman complains of worsening vision problems. Primary Care Optometry News 2010 15(6): 23-26.

Bass SJ: Consider genetic testing if clinical retinal picture is inconclusive. Primary Care Optometry News 2009 14(12):12-13.

Bass SJ and Noble KG:  A Thr17Met Mutation in an Unusual Pedigree with Retinochoroidal Degeneration.  Retina 2008  28:1013-1014

Bass, SJ, Cooper J, Feldman J, Horn D.  Comparison of an automated confrontation testing device vs. finger counting in the detection of field loss.  Optometry 2007 78(8):390-95.

Bass SJ:  Retinal Imaging for Today’s Optometric Practice. Optom Management 2007

Bass SJ:  Retinal diseases in the genes. Rev Optom Supplement November 2006: 16-18. 16

Bass SJ:  The genetics of corneal dystrophies. Rev Optom 2006; 143(11): 73-82.

Bass SJ:  The genetics of glaucoma. Rev Optom 2006; 143(9): 95-109.

Bass SJ. Your role in diagnosing retinal dystrophies. Rev Optom 2006; 143(8):74-82.

Bass SJ, Noble KG.  Autosomal dominant pericentral retinochoroidal atrophy.  Retina  2006 26:71-79

Sherman J, Bass SJ, Slotnick S. Glaucoma without cupping. Optometry 2004 75(11) 677-708.

Bass SJ:  Diabetic Retinopathy: The silent thief of sight. Clinical Drug Trends. 2004 16 (Suppl E):30-35.

Kirstein EM, Gurwood AS, Canellos E, Bass SJ. High-tech glaucoma devices hasten diagnosis. Rev Optom 2004 Jul 15;141(7):62-74.

Bass SJ, Sherman J: Optic disk evaluation and utility of high-tech devices in the assessment of glaucoma. Optometry 2004 75(5):277-296.

Sherman J, Bass SJ:  OCT documents clinically invisible macular disorder. Primary Care Optometry News. 2003, 8(9):34

Sherman J, Bass SJ:  Hi-Tech procedures may “predict” clinical outcome. Primary Care Optometry News. 2002 7(5):24

Sherman J, Bass SJ:  RTA predicts progression in retinal degeneration. Primary Care Optometry News 2002 121:12-14.

Bass SJ: Unraveling the genetic mysteries of the corneal dystrophies.  Rev Optom 2001 138(1):88-96.

Bass SJ and Feldman J: Visual-field defects in well-defined retinal lesions using Humphrey and Dicon perimeters. Optometry 2000;71:643-52.

Bass SJ, Rubin A (2000).  An atypical case of night blindness.  Rev. Optom. 137 (2): 101-104.

Bass SJ and Sherman J.  Choroidal nevus transformation to malignant melanoma.  Clin Eye and Vis Care 10 (1998) 41-43.

Bass SJ, Levy S and Fuhrman K, Case Report: An unusual case of fundus alibipunctatus.  Rev Optom 1997 134 (10). 17

Bass SJ, and Giovinazzo, V.  Laser treatment of macular disease. Optom Clin 1996; 5 (1): 161-73.

Bass, SJ.  Notes from the trenches in the battle against AIDS, Rev Optom 1996; 133 (2): 71-81.

Sherman J and Bass SJ.  Undetected brain tumor leads to severe loss.  Rev Optom 1996; 133(5):119-121.

Bass SJ.  Corneal dystrophies-diagnosis and treatment guide.  Optom Today 1995; 3(9) 63-68.

Bass SJ, Panariello G, Sherman J, Richter S.  Herpetic Endothelitis , J Amer Optom Assoc, 1995; (66):577-80.

Sherman J, Bass SJ.  Electrodiagnosis@ in Terry (Ed.) Ocular Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment 2nd Ed., 1996.  Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, Mass.

Sherman J, Bass SJ.  How to get a clear read on retinal function.  Rev Optom 1995; 132 (6): 79-87.

Bass SJ.  How to achieve a greater appreciation of retinal scenery.  Rev Optom 1995; 132(2): 89-97.

Davis E, Bass SJ, Sherman J.  The flash visual evoked potential (VEP) in amblyopia and optic nerve disease, Optom Vis Sci, 1995; 72 (9):1-7.

Bass SJ.  Eye on America Column, British Journal of Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing, November 1993 to February, 1994.

Bass SJ.  The silent threat of sarcoidosis.  Rev Optom. (6) 27-32, 1994.

Bass SJ.  Parasites and the eye. Rev. Optom. (6): 27-32, 1994.

Noble K, Bass S, Sherman J.  Ectopia lentis, chorioretinal dystrophy and myopia: a new autosomal recessive syndrome.  Doc Ophthalmol. 83(2): 97-102, 1993.

Bass SJ.  AIDS and the eye: What you need to know.  Rev. Optom. 129 (2): 76-83, 1992.

Bass SJ.  Corneal dystrophies.  Optometry Clinics. Vol. 1 (4): 31-44, 1991.

Davis ET, Sherman J, Bass SJ.  Presurgical predictions of post-surgical visual function in cataract patients: multivariate statistical analyses of test measures.  Clin Vis Sci. 6 (3) 191-207, 1991.

Bass SJ, Sherman J.  Ultrasonography.  In Eskridge B (ed) Diagnostic Procedures in Optometry, B. Lippincott Co, Phil, PA. 1991.

Bass SJ, Sherman J.  Visual evoked (VEP) delays in tilted and/or oblique entrance of the optic nerve head.  Neuro-ophthalmology (3): 109-122, 1988.

Sherman J, Bass SJ, George A, Noble, KG, Nath S.  Optic pit, microphthalmos and orbital cysts. Ophthalmic Pediatric and Genetics. 9 (2): 131-133, 1988.

Sherman J, Davis E., Schnider C., Bass S, Nath S, Cohen J.  Presurgical prediction of postsurgical visual acuity in patients with media opacities.  J. Amer Optom Assoc.  59 (6): 481-488, 1988.

Gooderman SF, Bass SJ.  Acquired immune deficiency syndrome: implications for optometry and the public health.  J. Amer Optom Assoc. 59 (1): 15-20, 1988.

Sherman J, Bass SJ, Noble K, Nath S, Sutija V.  VEP delays in central serous choroidopathy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 27 (2): 214-221, 1986.

Bass SJ.  How to manage corneal dystrophies.  Rev Optom 122 (1): 49-54, 1985.

Bass SJ, Sherman J, Bodis-Wollner I, Noble K.  VEPs in macular disease.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci.  26 (*): 1071-1074, 1985.

Sherman J, Bss SJ.  Electrodiagnosis for the low vision patient.  In Faye E (ed) Clinical Low Vision, Little Brown and Company, Boston, Boston, Mass., 1984.

Bass SJ: The ocular manifestations of AIDS.  J Amer Optom Assoc 55(10): 765-769, 1984.

Sherman J, Bass SJ.  VEPs in the prognosis of amblyopia therapy.  J Amer Optom Assoc. 54 (10): 915-918, 1983.

Bass SJ, Sherman J.  Management of senile macular degeneration.  Rev Optom.  120(4): 87-96, 1983.

Bass SJ, Sherman J.  Special tests pinpoint fundus albipunctatus.  Rev Optom, 119 (12): 37-41, 1982.

Bass SJ, Sherman J.  The differential diagnosis of optic nerve head anomalies.  J Amer Optom Assoc. 53 (4): 317-321, 1982.

Sherman J, Bass SJ.  The differential diagnosis of retinal disease from optic nerve disease.  J Amer Optom Assoc. 52(12): 933-939, 1981.


Research Grants and Activities

2010-2013: Project Investigator: Molecular Genetics of the Peripapillary Pigmentary Degenerations; Funded by SIVR

2001-2009: Co-Investigator: A New Confrontation Device for Measuring Visual Field

2000-2001: Co-Investigator: Sensitivity and Specificity of the RTA in the Assessment of Defects; Funded by SIVR

Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness in Glaucoma.  Project Investigator: Jerome Sherman; Funded by Talia, Inc.

1999-2005: Project Investigator: Risk Factors for the Progression of Glaucoma; Funded by the AOA Council on Research

1999: Project Investigator: Dicon vs. Humphrey Perimetry in Patients with Known Retinal Lesions; Funded by Dicon, Inc.

1998: Project Investigator: Comparison of SITA Standard, SITA Fast and Octopus TOP  in Patients with Glaucoma; Funded by Haag-Streit, Inc.

July, 1998: Attendance at the Summer Research Invitational; Funded by the AOA Council on Research, Fullerton, CA

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