Sonal S Tuli

Sonal S Tuli, MD

Professor And Chair

Department: MD-OPHTHALMOLOGY
Business Phone: (352) 273-8778
Business Email: stuli@ufl.edu

About Sonal S Tuli

Sonal S. Tuli, MD, MEd, completed her residency in ophthalmology at Indiana University in 2000. She completed her fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, and joined the University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology in 2001. She also completed a master’s degree in education in 2012 at UF. Dr. Tuli was appointed interim chair of the department in October 2013 and named chair in April 2015. Dr. Tuli is board-certified in ophthalmology. Her interests include cataracts, corneal transplants, ocular surface cancers, dry eye disease and infectious eye diseases. She provides adult and family-based ophthalmic care. Dr. Tuli was appointed director of the division of cornea and external diseases in 2003 and has also directed its fellowship program since 2003. She served as the director of the ophthalmology residency program from 2007 to 2017. She was senator in the UF Senate for three years and was on the Faculty Council for six years. She is Vice-Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee and is on the Board of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology. Dr. Tuli has taught courses at international, national, regional and local conferences as well as at UF. She has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is actively involved in clinical as well as laboratory research as a principal investigator or co-investigator. She is on the editorial board of peer-reviewed publications and a reviewer for several scholarly journals. At the national level, Dr. Tuli is Vice-chair of the Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum Committee and just completed a term as the Chair of the Online Education Committee and the AAO educational representative to the Continuing Medical Education Task Force. She was invited and has served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology since 2006.

Teaching Roles and Interests

Fellowship director for the cornea fellowship

Residency program director from 2007 to 2017

Taught courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting every year for 15 years

Masters in Education from the University of Florida

Vice-Chair, Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum Committee

Previously Chair of the Online Education Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Invited to be Visiting professor at numerous universities including University of South Florida, University of Tennessee, Wills Eye Institute, All India Institute of Medicine

Accomplishments

Senior Achievement Award
2018 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Secretariat Award
2013 · American Academic of Ophthalmology
Recognition for the top instruction courses
2011-2013 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Achievement Award
2010 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award
2010 · Unknown
Secretariat Award
2010 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Top 10% of Instruction courses
2008-2019 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Board Examiner
2007-current · Ophthalmology Certification Examination
Exemplary Teacher Award
2006-2013 · College of Medicine, University of Florida

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Ophthalmology
Areas of Interest
  • Adult cataract
  • Cataract removal
  • Cloudy cornea
  • Corneal transplant
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Fuchs dystrophy
  • Keratoconus

Research Profile

Areas of Interest
  • Corneal scarring modulation
  • Herpetic eye diseases
  • Infectious corneal diseases

Publications

2021
Complications of Contact Lenses.
JAMA. 325(18) [DOI] 10.1001/jama.2020.20328. [PMID] 33974017.
2020
What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?
JAMA. 324(8) [DOI] 10.1001/jama.2020.1286. [PMID] 32840599.
2019
Evaluation of computer-based retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) education for ophthalmology residents: a randomized, controlled, multicenter study.
Journal of AAPOS : the official publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 23(2):86.e1-86.e7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jaapos.2018.11.008. [PMID] 30885809.
2019
Infectious corneal ulceration: a proposal for neglected tropical disease status.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 97(12):854-856 [DOI] 10.2471/BLT.19.232660. [PMID] 31819296.
2018
In Vivo Knockdown of the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Latency-Associated Transcript Reduces Reactivation from Latency.
Journal of virology. 92(16) [DOI] 10.1128/JVI.00812-18. [PMID] 29875240.
2018
Surgical management of herpetic keratitis.
Current opinion in ophthalmology. 29(4):347-354 [DOI] 10.1097/ICU.0000000000000484. [PMID] 29708929.
2017
Dual-Phase Iontophoresis for the Delivery of Antisense Oligonucleotides.
Nucleic acid therapeutics. 27(4):238-250 [DOI] 10.1089/nat.2016.0654. [PMID] 28375679.
2016
Adeno-associated Virus Vectors Efficiently Transduce Mouse and Rabbit Sensory Neurons Coinfected with Herpes Simplex Virus 1 following Peripheral Inoculation.
Journal of virology. 90(17):7894-901 [DOI] 10.1128/JVI.01028-16. [PMID] 27334582.
2016
Crouzon Syndrome: Visual Diagnosis.
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. 30(3):270-3 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.07.007. [PMID] 26283152.
2016
Surgical management of corneal infections.
Current opinion in ophthalmology. 27(4):340-7 [DOI] 10.1097/ICU.0000000000000274. [PMID] 27096375.
2015
Brothers with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome.
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. 29(1):97-103 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.04.006. [PMID] 24954735.
2014
A 4-year-old child who could not supinate her forearm.
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. 28(4):357-60 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.12.007. [PMID] 24593870.
2014
An uncommon cause for a preschool child’s chronic cough.
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. 28(3):267-71 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.10.003. [PMID] 24361051.
2014
Assessment of anti-scarring therapies in ex vivo organ cultured rabbit corneas.
Experimental eye research. 125:173-82 [DOI] 10.1016/j.exer.2014.06.014. [PMID] 24971495.
2014
Scleritis Caused by In Vitro Linezolid-Resistant Nocardia asteroides.
Case reports in ophthalmological medicine. 2014 [DOI] 10.1155/2014/326957. [PMID] 25400961.
2013
Newborn with an absent red reflex.
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. 27(1):51-5 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedhc.2011.10.010. [PMID] 22197583.
2013
Pain and decreased vision in a teenager.
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. 27(4):304-7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedhc.2011.09.008. [PMID] 23791119.
2013
Reactivation of herpes zoster keratitis in an adult after varicella zoster vaccination.
Cornea. 32(4):508-9 [DOI] 10.1097/ICO.0b013e318277acae. [PMID] 23187165.
2013
The progression of haze formation in rabbit corneas following phototherapeutic keratectomy.
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 54(7):4776-81 [DOI] 10.1167/iovs.13-11976. [PMID] 23800768.
2013
Topical Corticosteroids in the Management of Bacterial Keratitis.
Current ophthalmology reports. 1(4) [DOI] 10.1007/s40135-013-0026-0. [PMID] 24404432.
2012
A 6-year-old girl with restricted upward gaze of her right eye.
Pediatrics in review. 33(8):e53-6 [DOI] 10.1542/pir.33-8-e53. [PMID] 22855935.
2012
A 6-year-old with acute-onset generalized lymphadenopathy.
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. 26(6):465-70 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedhc.2012.07.001. [PMID] 22901313.
2012
A connective tissue growth factor signaling receptor in corneal fibroblasts.
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 53(7):3387-94 [DOI] 10.1167/iovs.12-9425. [PMID] 22511630.
2012
A multicenter analysis of the ophthalmic knowledge assessment program and American Board of Ophthalmology written qualifying examination performance.
Ophthalmology. 119(10):1949-53 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ophtha.2012.06.010. [PMID] 22841987.
2012
Blepharoptosis: assessment and management.
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. 26(2):149-54 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedhc.2011.08.003. [PMID] 22360934.
2012
Five-year outcomes of eyes with glaucoma drainage device and penetrating keratoplasty.
Journal of glaucoma. 21(9):608-14 [DOI] 10.1097/IJG.0b013e31821db3e5. [PMID] 21602705.
2012
Index of suspicion.
Pediatrics in review. 33(11):525-30 [DOI] 10.1542/pir.33-11-525. [PMID] 23118319.
2012
Index of Suspicion. Case 1: Irritability and signs of peritonitis in a neonate. Case 2: Red eye, excessive tearing, photophobia, irritability, and splenomegaly in an infant. Case 3: 2-year-old girl who has cough, right pulmonary abnormalities.
Pediatrics in review. 33(3):135-41 [DOI] 10.1542/pir.33-3-135. [PMID] 22383516.
2012
Index of suspicion. Case 1: Persistent fever and cough following episodes of emesis in a 7-year-old girl. Case 2: Blurry vision and unilateral dilated pupil in a 14-year-old girl. Case 3: Swelling, pain, and erythema of the thumb in a 10-year-old girl with habits of nail biting and thumb sucking.
Pediatrics in review. 33(1):39-44 [DOI] 10.1542/pir.33-1-39. [PMID] 22210932.
2012
Newborn female with a midline perineal defect.
Clinical pediatrics. 51(2):188-90 [DOI] 10.1177/0009922810392776. [PMID] 21242201.
2012
Proteolytic processing of connective tissue growth factor in normal ocular tissues and during corneal wound healing.
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 53(13):8093-103 [DOI] 10.1167/iovs.12-10419. [PMID] 23139278.
2011
Clinical and microbiological characteristics of fungal keratitis in the United States, 2001-2007: a multicenter study.
Ophthalmology. 118(5):920-6 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ophtha.2010.09.011. [PMID] 21295857.
2011
Fungal keratitis.
Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.). 5:275-9 [DOI] 10.2147/OPTH.S10819. [PMID] 21468333.
2011
Girl with a cat eye.
Clinical pediatrics. 50(11):1076-7 [DOI] 10.1177/0009922811407184. [PMID] 21525082.
2011
Occlusive patch therapy for reduction of seizures in Dravet syndrome.
Clinical pediatrics. 50(9):876-8 [DOI] 10.1177/0009922810384726. [PMID] 21127079.
2011
Pediatric residents’ learning styles and temperaments and their relationships to standardized test scores.
Journal of graduate medical education. 3(4):566-70 [DOI] 10.4300/JGME-D-10-00147.1. [PMID] 23205211.
2011
Pseudodendritic fungal epithelial keratitis in an extended wear contact lens user.
Eye & contact lens. 37(1):36-8 [DOI] 10.1097/ICL.0b013e3181f05aae. [PMID] 20864894.
2011
Visual diagnosis: a 10-year-old boy with a persistent rash since birth.
Pediatrics in review. 32(11):e102-4 [DOI] 10.1542/pir.32-11-e102. [PMID] 22045901.
2010
Improving quality and patient satisfaction in a pediatric resident continuity clinic through advanced access scheduling.
Journal of graduate medical education. 2(2):215-21 [DOI] 10.4300/JGME-D-09-00087.1. [PMID] 21975623.
2010
Trends in fungal keratitis in the United States, 2001 to 2007.
Ophthalmology. 117(12):2263-7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ophtha.2010.03.048. [PMID] 20591493.
2010
Uveitis presenting with decreased vision and leukocoria.
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. 24(6):403-7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.06.011. [PMID] 20971415.
2009
Blueberry eye: acquired total anterior staphyloma after a fungal corneal ulcer.
Cornea. 28(2):231-2 [DOI] 10.1097/ICO.0b013e318183a3d1. [PMID] 19158574.
2008
Different tropism of adenoviruses and adeno-associated viruses to corneal cells: implications for corneal gene therapy.
Molecular vision. 14:2087-96 [PMID] 19023450.
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2008
Reduction in severity of a herpes simplex virus type 1 murine infection by treatment with a ribozyme targeting the UL20 gene RNA.
Journal of virology. 82(15):7467-74 [DOI] 10.1128/JVI.02720-07. [PMID] 18508896.
2007
Delayed ectasia following LASIK with no risk factors: is a 300-microm stromal bed enough?
Journal of refractive surgery (Thorofare, N.J. : 1995). 23(6):620-2 [PMID] 17598583.
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2007
Fungal keratitis and contact lenses: an old enemy unrecognized or a new nemesis on the block?
Eye & contact lens. 33(6 Pt 2):415-7; discussion 424 [PMID] 17975436.
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2007
Science and strategy for preventing and managing corneal ulceration.
The ocular surface. 5(1):23-39 [PMID] 17252163.
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2007
Shewanella putrefaciens keratitis in the lamellar bed 6 years after LASIK.
Journal of refractive surgery (Thorofare, N.J. : 1995). 23(8):830-2 [PMID] 17985805.
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2006
Fungal keratitis: emerging trends and treatment outcomes.
Eye & contact lens. 32(6):267-71 [PMID] 17099386.
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2006
Immunohistochemical localization of EGF, TGF-alpha, TGF-beta, and their receptors in rat corneas during healing of excimer laser ablation.
Current eye research. 31(9):709-19 [PMID] 16966143.
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2003
Connective tissue growth factor expression and action in human corneal fibroblast cultures and rat corneas after photorefractive keratectomy.
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 44(5):1879-87 [PMID] 12714619.
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2003
Curvularia keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis from a feline source.
Journal of cataract and refractive surgery. 29(5):1019-21 [PMID] 12781293.
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2003
Growth factor, cytokine and protease interactions during corneal wound healing.
The ocular surface. 1(2):53-65 [PMID] 17075633.
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2003
Infectious keratitis after LASIK.
Ophthalmology. 110(3):503-10 [PMID] 12623812.
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2001
Delayed suprachoroidal hemorrhage after glaucoma filtration procedures.
Ophthalmology. 108(10):1808-11 [PMID] 11581053.
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2001
Long-term survival of allogeneic donor cell-derived corneal epithelium in limbal deficient rabbits.
Current eye research. 23(5):336-45 [PMID] 11910522.
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1998
Photorefractive keratectomy for residual myopia after radial keratotomy. PRK After RK Study Group.
Journal of cataract and refractive surgery. 24(3):303-11 [PMID] 9559463.
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Grants

Apr 2021 ACTIVE
Mitigation of Equine Recurrent Uveitis through topical suppressor of Cytokine Signaling-1 mimetic peptide
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: GRAYSON JOCKEY CLUB RES FOU
Aug 2017 – Jun 2021
Long-term Suppressive Valacyclovir Treatment for Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE via NATL INST OF HLTH NEI
Dec 2014 – Dec 2017
Clinical Evaluation of the RPS-OH to detect Herpes Simplex Virus
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: RAPID PATHOGEN SCREENING
Sep 2014 – Aug 2016
Regulation of Stromal Wound Healing by Growth Factors
Role: Project Manager
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NEI
Feb 2011 – Feb 2020
Stanley Glaucoma Fund
Role: Project Manager
Funding: UF FOU
Aug 2007 – Dec 2020
Lion's Eye Foundation Award
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NORTH FL LIONS EYE FOU
Jul 2007 – Dec 2020
Unrestricted Research Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: RESEARCH TO PREVENT BLINDNESS
Jul 2007 – Oct 2020
Retina Disease Research & Education- Equipment Purchases
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: UF FOU
May 2007 ACTIVE
Overstreet Retinal Eye Disease Research
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: UF FOU

Patents

Issued September 2014
Novel Device for the Electromotive Delivery of Macromolecules into Intact Tissue
#8,838,229
Issued November 2010
Herpesvirus Ribozymes and Vectors (CIP)
#7,838,659
Published April 2008
Surgical Device for Folding Objects and Methods
#US 2009-0030424 A1
Issued February 2008
Herpesvirus Ribozymes and Vectors
#7,335,763

Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.)
2014 · University of Florida
Fellowship – Ophthalmology
2001 · Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Residency – Ophthalmology
2000 · Indiana University
Internship – Internal Medicine
1997 · William Beaumont Hospital

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2020
PAS5010 Intro to Medicine 1
2019-2021
MDU4008 Aspects of the Art of Medicine
2018
MDT7550 Elect Top/Opthalmol
2018
GMS7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2009
MEL7933 Elect Top/Opthalmol

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-8778
Emails:
Business:
stuli@ufl.edu