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Barbara E.K. Klein, MD, MPH Print Friendly Page

Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Klein is co-director of the Beaver Dam Eye Study, which collects information on the prevalence and incidence of age-related cataract, macular degeneration,and diabetic retinopathy, which are all common eye diseases in an aging population. The study also has examined other aging issues, such as overall health, quality-of-life and environmental and medicinal exposures.


Eye Care Services (Ophthalmology)

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University Station Clinic
(608) 263-7171 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Ophthalmology
Preventive Medicine
Fellowship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
New York University Medical Center, New York, NY
Medical School New York University, New York, NY, 1969

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Programs & Conditions

PubMed Articles
Meuer SM Klein BE Myers CE Klein R . Reply. Ophthalmology. 2015 Dec;122(12):e72
[PubMed ID: 26592679]
Jensen RA Sim X Smith AV Li X Jakobsdóttir J Cheng CY Brody JA Cotch MF McKnight B Klein R Wang JJ Kifley A Harris TB Launer LJ Taylor KD Klein BE Raffel LJ Li X Ikram MA Klaver CC van der Lee SJ Mutlu U Hofman A Uitterlinden AG Liu C Kraja AT Mitchell P Gudnason V Rotter JI Boerwinkle E van Duijn CM Psaty BM Wong TY . Novel Genetic Loci Associated with Retinal Microvascular Diameter. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2015 Nov 13;
[PubMed ID: 26567291]
Sabanayagam C Lye WK Klein R Klein BE Cotch MF Wang JJ Mitchell P Shaw JE Selvin E Sharrett AR Wong TY . Retinal microvascular calibre and risk of diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and participant-level meta-analysis. Diabetologia. 2015 Nov;58(11):2476-85
[PubMed ID: 26232097]
Tremblay KL Pinto A Fischer ME Klein BE Klein R Levy S Tweed TS Cruickshanks KJ . Self-Reported Hearing Difficulties Among Adults With Normal Audiograms: The Beaver Dam Offspring Study. Ear Hear. 2015 Nov-Dec;36(6):e290-9
[PubMed ID: 26164105]
Dawes P Cruickshanks KJ Fischer ME Klein BE Klein R Nondahl DM . Hearing-aid use and long-term health outcomes: Hearing handicap, mental health, social engagement, cognitive function, physical health, and mortality. Int J Audiol. 2015 Nov;54(11):838-44
[PubMed ID: 26140300]
Fisher DE Shrager S Shea SJ Burke GL Klein R Wong TY Klein BE Cotch MF . Visual Impairment in White, Chinese, Black, and Hispanic Participants from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Cohort. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2015 Oct;22(5):321-32
[PubMed ID: 26395659]
Chacko BG Edwards MS Sharrett AR Qureshi WT Klein BE Klein R Herrington DM Soliman EZ . Microvasculature and incident atrioventricular conduction abnormalities in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Vasc Med. 2015 Oct;20(5):417-23
[PubMed ID: 25999364]
Kong J Klein BE Klein R Wahba G . Backward multiple imputation estimation of the conditional lifetime expectancy function with application to censored human longevity data. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Sep 29;112(39):12069-74
[PubMed ID: 26371300]
Schubert CR Cruickshanks KJ Fischer ME Klein BE Klein R Pinto AA . Inflammatory and vascular markers and olfactory impairment in older adults. Age Ageing. 2015 Sep;44(5):878-82
[PubMed ID: 26082178]
Kuo JZ Guo X Klein R Klein BE Genter P Roll K Hai Y Goodarzi MO Rotter JI Chen YD Ipp E . Adiponectin, Insulin Sensitivity and Diabetic Retinopathy in Latinos With Type 2 Diabetes. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Sep;100(9):3348-55
[PubMed ID: 26020763]
Klein R Myers CE Lee KE Paterson AD Cruickshanks KJ Tsai MY Gangnon RE Klein BE . Oxidized Low-Density Lipoprotein and the Incidence of Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy and Clinically Significant Macular Edema Determined From Fundus Photographs. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 Sep 1;133(9):1054-61
[PubMed ID: 26181138]
Myers CE Klein BE Klein R . Reply: To PMID 25461295. Am J Ophthalmol. 2015 Jul;160(1):210-1
[PubMed ID: 26054478]
Wichmann MA Cruickshanks KJ Carlsson CM Chappell R Fischer ME Klein BE Klein R Schubert CR . NSAID Use and Incident Cognitive Impairment in a Population-based Cohort. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2015 Jun 4;
[PubMed ID: 26079710]
Tandon A Chen CJ Penman A Hancock H James M Husain D Andreoli C Li X Kuo JZ Idowu O Riche D Papavasilieou E Brauner S Smith SO Hoadley S Richardson C Kieser T Vazquez V Chi C Fernandez M Harden M Cotch MF Siscovick D Taylor HA Wilson JG Reich D Wong TY Klein R Klein BE Rotter JI Patterson N Sobrin L . African Ancestry Analysis and Admixture Genetic Mapping for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy in African Americans. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015 Jun;56(6):3999-4005
[PubMed ID: 26098467]
Cruickshanks KJ Nondahl DM Dalton DS Fischer ME Klein BE Klein R Nieto FJ Schubert CR Tweed TS . Smoking, central adiposity, and poor glycemic control increase risk of hearing impairment. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 May;63(5):918-24
[PubMed ID: 25953199]
Klein BE Myers CE Howard KP Klein R . Serum Lipids and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Edema in Persons With Long-term Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: The Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 May;133(5):503-10
[PubMed ID: 25502808]
Meuer SM Myers CE Klein BE Swift MK Huang Y Gangaputra S Pak JW Danis RP Klein R . The epidemiology of vitreoretinal interface abnormalities as detected by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography: the beaver dam eye study. Ophthalmology. 2015 Apr;122(4):787-95
[PubMed ID: 25556116]
Myers CE Klein BE Meuer SM Swift MK Chandler CS Huang Y Gangaputra S Pak JW Danis RP Klein R . Retinal thickness measured by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography in eyes without retinal abnormalities: the Beaver Dam Eye Study. Am J Ophthalmol. 2015 Mar;159(3):445-56.e1
[PubMed ID: 25461295]
Klein R Myers CE Lee KE Gangnon RE Sivakumaran TA Iyengar SK Klein BE . Small Drusen and Age-Related Macular Degeneration: The Beaver Dam Eye Study. J Clin Med. 2015 Mar;4(3):424-40
[PubMed ID: 25905023]
Fischer ME Schubert CR Nondahl DM Dalton DS Huang GH Keating BJ Klein BE Klein R Tweed TS Cruickshanks KJ . Subclinical atherosclerosis and increased risk of hearing impairment. Atherosclerosis. 2015 Feb;238(2):344-9
[PubMed ID: 25555266]