Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

UNC Children’s Hospital Genetics Clinic
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Dr. Couser is a board certified Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Adult Strabismus specialist with a unique interest in Ophthalmic Genetics. In addition to being on faculty at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kittner Eye Center, he concurrently is a Medical Genetics Fellow in the UNC Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Metabolism.

He has served as the Medical Director for a pioneer Prevent Blindness America vision screening program, participated as a consultant for several clinical trials, presented invited lectures, won numerous awards for research, and now serves as a Reviewer for multiple medical journals.

Selected Bibliography:

Couser NL, McClure J, Evans MW, Haines NR, Burden SK, Muenzer J.
Homocysteinemia due to MTHFR deficiency in a young adult presenting with bilateral lens subluxations.
Ophthalmic Genet. 2016:1-4. PubMed abstract

Lee N, Couser N L.
Genetic Testing for Eye Diseases: A Comprehensive Guide and Review of Ocular Genetic Manifestations from Anterior Segment Malformation to Retinal Dystrophy.
Current Genetic Medicine Reports. 2016;4(2):41-48. PubMed abstract

Couser NL, Masood MM, Strande NT, Foreman AK, Crooks K, Weck KE, Lu M, Wilhelmsen KC, Roche M, Evans JP, Berg JS, Powell CM.
The phenotype of multiple congenital anomalies-hypotonia-seizures syndrome 1: report and review.
Am J Med Genet A. 2015;167A(9):2176-81. PubMed abstract

Couser NL.
The W.H.E.E.L.S. Preschool Vision Screening Program’s Initial Outcomes for 12,402 Children Screened Using the Plusoptix Photoscreener.
International Scholarly Research Notices. 2014;2014. / Full Text

Couser NL, Hubbard GB, Lee LB, Hutchinson AK, Lambert SR.
Candida species lens abscesses in infants with a history of neonatal Candida sepsis.
J AAPOS. 2013;17(2):208-10. PubMed abstract / Full Text