Lane Douglas Ulrich, MD


Lane Douglas Ulrich, MD


Lane Douglas Ulrich, MD

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. 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 assumed the residency program directorship. In this challenging time of academic medicine the most prominent push from the ACGME is the measurement of the core competencies. One of the first projects he undertook was to establish a standard set of instruments to evaluate these. The residency manual was made into a living document by being placed on-line so that policy changes can be posted upon their being instituted. He has meetings with the residents as a group after grand rounds several times a month to review items of importance and to hear the residents perspective on things. Additionally, in the first year of his directorship the library was updated, a surgical skills lab and course was established, and a practice management lecture series was instituted. 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 operating 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. There are many people throughout the world who do not have access to the common vision restoring procedures of western society. Finally 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.

  • Clinical Interests

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

  • Research Interests

    Diabetic retinopathy screening.

  • Other Info

    Dr. Ulrich practice provides diagnosis and management of cataracts, refractive error, glaucoma, diseases of the anterior segment and diabetic retinopathy screening.

  • Philosophy of Care

    Augusta University is a world-class health care network offering the most comprehensive care in the region, where your health is our priority. As leaders in patient- and family-centered care, our physicians partner with our patients, their families, and other specialty physicians to provide an unmatched level of care. As the only academic medical center in the area, our patients receive the compassionate care they deserve along with leading-edge research and technologies not found anywhere else in the region.

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Residency Program Director

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology


American Board of Ophthalmology - Certified, 2001

Education and Training

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia - 1996

Internship: Medical College of Georgia - 1997

Residency: Medical College of Georgia - 2000

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Dr. Ulrich’s Reviews

June 15, 2023

The Eye MD was great.

June 5, 2023

Afther speaking with Dr I felt better knowing he cared

May 20, 2023

Dr Ulrich and staff give excellent care. I would recommend them to anyone.

May 17, 2023

Good impression

April 26, 2023

Hour and a half wait. Cannot recommend.

April 13, 2023

Nice experience

April 9, 2023


April 4, 2023

Dr Ulrich is the best!

April 1, 2023

I really liked Dr. Ulrich's frankness about eye diseases.

December 22, 2022

Good Doctors

December 15, 2022

He is outstanding

November 18, 2022

Dr. Ulrich is a very caring doctor; he listens to my concerns and put my mind at ease.

November 10, 2022


October 8, 2022

No problems or concerns

August 25, 2022


August 25, 2022

Dr. Ulrich is the best Doctor anyone could have. He is knowledgeable, concerning, patient, and just overall a darn good doctor. I really appreciate him and pray for God's continue blessings on him.

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