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Daddi Fadel, DOPTOM, FSLS
Daddi Fadel is a lens designer and specialist in contact lenses. She has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of specialty contact lenses. She lectures in national and international symposia. She is the first Certified EyePrint Practitioner outside the USA and Canada. She is a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals and editor of the Journal of Contact Lens Research and Science. Fadel is the founder and first President of Academia Italiana Lenti Sclerali, a founder and the President of Euro & Austral-Asian Scleral Lenses, Council of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists, serves on the medical advisory board of the International Keratoconus Academy and Fellow of Scleral Lens Education Society.
Mindy Toabe, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Mindy Toabe is a hospital-based optometrist practicing at MetroHealth Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, Cleveland, Ohio USA. She is Senior Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Adjunct Faculty, The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. Toabe is co-founder, past president of Scleral Lens Education Society, on advisory boards for Scleral Lens Education Society and Gas Permeable Lens Institute. She is on Council for International Society of Contact Lens Specialists and peer reviewer for journals. Dr. Toabe has lectured nationally/internationally and published numerous articles about specialty contact lenses including scleral lenses.
Leopoldo Spadea, MD
Dr. Spadea has an honor degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Residency in Ophthalmology with Honor at “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy. He was an associate Clinical Professor, Chief of the "Anterior Segment Surgery”, Eye Clinic, A. Fiorini Hospital of Terracina “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy. He is actually an Associate Clinical Professor, Head Eye Clinic Policlinico Umberto I of Rome. Prof. Spadea has presented 750 papers at national and international congresses and symposiums and published over 300 scientific papers in national and international journals (H-Index 17). He is an expert on issues concerning corneal diseases, excimer laser refractive procedures and keratoplasties.
Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso, OD, MAT, FIACLE, FPCO, FAAO
Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso is an Optometrist from the Philippines. She was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Optometrist of the Year by the Optometric Association of the Philippines. Her practice focuses on Specialty Contact Lens Design and Myopia Control. She has presented several posters and lectures internationally focusing on Contact Lens Practice. She continues to go around the country lecturing and giving workshops on Myopia Management. She currently is the Treasure of the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry and represented the World Council of Optometry at the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Conference. Her practice currently performs clinical trials on ophthalmic medical devices.
Diego Alcon Lopez, BSc, MSc
Diego López Alcón is graduate from the University of Murcia in 1996 where he also obtained his Inter-University Master's Degree in Research in Vision Sciences (2012) . He is associated professor of optometry and contact lenses since 2005 at the University of Murcia. He is member of the CIVIUM research group, which is specialized in accommodation and its loss with age and myopia control. He is actually finishing his Phd about multifocal scleral lenses and his relationship with high order aberrations. He works in private practice in óptica ALCÓN, reference clinic for scleral lens fitting, orthokeratology and myopia control. CEO of www.lentesesclerales.com
Tom Arnold, OD, FSLS
Dr. Tom Arnold has a private group practice in Sugar Land, Texas. With a long-standing interest in specialty contact lenses he is a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society and was one of three winners of the photo contest at the 2017 Global Specialty Lens Symposium. He has been a consultant for and spoken on behalf of Blanchard Lab, Bausch & Lomb Specialty Vision Products, Boston Sight Sclerals, EyePrint Prosthetics and AccuLens. Dr. Arnold is adjunct faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry”
Alessandra Balestrazzi, MD
Dr. Alessandra Balestrazzi is the Head of the Corneal & External Diseases Service, Referent of the Rare Corneal Diseases, holder of a high specialty assignment for corneal diseases at the Ophthalmic Hospital in Rome. She lectured in the Masters of Corneal Transplantation Surgery and Refractive Surgery at the University of L'Aquila and Catholic University of Rome. She publishes in international and national journals and she is a speaker at the main ophthalmology conferences. She is responsible AIMO for relations with the press and institutions. She is the author of the therapeutic and assistential path for the keratoconus of the Lazio Region.
Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA
Dr. Melissa Barnett is the principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and serves on the Boards of many organizations including the American Optometric Association Cornea and Contact Lens Council, Women in Optometry and International Society of Contact Lens Specialists. Dr. Barnett is Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society. Drs. Barnett and Lynette Johns edited the book Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application with the unique perspectives and contributions of international experts.
Elena Belousova, MD, PhD
Dr. Elena Belousova is a senior lecturer on Practical and Theoretical optometry, Contact lenses and Ophthalmological Research at the NOCHU DPO Academy of Medical Optics and Optometry in Moscow. She completed her residency in ophthalmology in 2007 at the First Moscow Medical Academy by I.M. Sechenov and performed her PhD in 2011 at the Research Institute of Eye Diseases by M.M. Krasnovin. She has 13 years experience in optometry and contact lenses. She is the lead specialist for scleral lenses in the ophthalmological clinic «Krugozor» in Moscow. She is the Vice-President Euro & Austral-Asian Scleral Lens Academy and recognized contact lens expert. She publishes and lectures nationally and internationally.
Jan Bergmanson, OD, PhD, Phd h.c., DSC, FCOptom, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Bergmanson is the Brien A. Holden Professor of Optometry at University of Houston College of Optometry, founding Director of the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center, is licensed in Texas as a Therapeutic Optometrist and an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. He was elected to Life Foundation Fellow of College of Optometry in United Kingdom, and Fellow of American Academy of Optometry, where he is Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section. He is a Fellow of Scleral Lens Education Society and a lifetime honorary member of the Swedish and Dutch Optometric Associations. Scholarship includes 150 publications, 8 book chapters, one text in its 25th edition and one patent.
Stefano Bonini, MD
Prof. Stefano Bonini is Full Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the School of Specialization in Ophthalmology at the University of Rome Campus-Biomedico. 3-year research Fellowship in Ocular Immunology at the Eye Research Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA). Since 1987 he has worked as a researcher and then as an Associate Professor at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". Since 2002 he is Full Professor at the Chair of Ophthalmology of the University of Rome Campus Bio-Medico. He is the author of 361 articles published in international journals mainly on the ocular surface and in particular the allergic forms, dry eye, and corneal stem cell grafting.
Karen Carrasquillo, OD, PhD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Carrasquillo is VP of Clinical and Professional Affairs at BostonSight. She is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the New England College of Optometry, Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the School of Optometry, MCPHS University, Advisory Board Member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute, fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She has also authored various peer-reviewed publications in the therapeutic use of scleral lenses and prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface system (PROSE) treatment and has also authored patent applications.
Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO
Dr. Clark Chang is the host of popular podcast show “Chang Reaction”. Also, he is Director of Specialty Lenses at Wills Eye Hospital (Cornea Service), and Director of Clinical Services at TLC Laser Centers. After residency training, Dr. Chang completed a 2-year cornea fellowship under guidance of Peter Hersh, MD. With over a decade of research experiences in corneal crosslinking and other advanced corneal treatments, Dr. Chang publishes extensively in management of keratoconus, innovative specialty contact lens technologies, and modern refractive surgeries. Given his academic, research and clinical background, Dr. Chang frequently lectures in U.S. and international scientific symposiums.
Pauline Cho, BOptom MEd PhD
Prof. Pauline Cho obtained her Bachelor and PhD degrees from the University of New South Wales, Australia and University of Bradford, UK, respectively. Her research interests include contact lenses and orthokeratology and has published over 160 papers. She was one of the Winners of Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) Awards of Excellence (Pioneers in Myopia Control) in 2018. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and British Contact Lens Association, and the Founding member and Immediate Past President of The Hong Kong Academy of Orthokeratology. She is an Associate Editor of “Contact Lens and Anterior Eye”.
Greg DeNaeyer, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Eiden is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd. He is president and founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals and co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, SUNY and UMSL Colleges of Optometry. Dr.Eiden is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.
Damon Ezekiel, BOPTOM, FAAO, FCLSA, FSLS
Damon Ezekiel graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Optometry in 1989. He owns and manages the specialist contact lens and general optometry practice, Ezekiel Eyes, in Perth, Western Australia. Damon is also a contact lens consultant to various research organisations. He regularly lectures nationally and internationally. In particular, Damon teaches the fitting of all types of rigid gas permeable contact lenses, including Orthokeratology, scleral lenses, soft bifocal, multi-focal and cosmetic contact lenses. He is the President of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists. He was awarded the prestigious Herschel Medal from the same Society. He is co-founder Euro-Asian Scleral Lens Academy.
Donald Ezekiel, DipOpt, DCLP, FACLP, FAAO, FCLSA
Dr. Ezekiel, Australian Optometrist worked with Joseph Dallos who influenced him to make his own contact lenses. In 1971 started a contact lens laboratory to make lenses for his patients, making research and developing several lenses including the IOGEL intraocular lens, the Gas Permeable Scleral lens, and the Soft Translating Bifocal lens. He has lectured and conducted workshops worldwide. In 1997 he was awarded Australia’s third highest honour as a Member of the Order Of Australia for his contribution to the development of contact lenses. In 2005 he was awarded the Hershel gold medal by the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists. In 2006 was awarded an “Award of Excellence “ by the Global Lens Symposium.
Greg Gemoules, OD
Dr. Greg Gemoules has established a large specialty lens practice in the Dallas suburb of Coppell. He is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, and has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Millikin University. Dr. Gemoules has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of specialty contact lenses, and has presented at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium and other international educational symposia. He is a pioneer in the design and fitting of scleral lenses using digital imaging and wavefront-guided optics, and holds several patents and patents pending in that field. He is a regular reviewer for a journal of clinical and experimental ophthalmology.
Robert Gerowitz, OD
In 1994, Dr. Gerowitz was named "Best and Brightest" in Optometry by 20/20 Magazine and in 1997 Eyegrad named him "Optometrist of the Year.” Dr. Rob also participated in the first ever Global Orthokeratology Symposium. Dr. Gerowitz has become an internationally recognized speaker of OrthoK and practice management. He is a charter member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. In May, 2006 Dr. Gerowitz received his Fellowship in the Academy and in October of 2006 was named to its Board of Directors. In 2019 Dr. Gerowitz started Mission: Myopia Control. Along with his two partners, they teach new Orthokeratologists how to implement this exciting specialty in their own practices.
Cary Herzberg, OD, FIAOMC
Dr. Herzberg has been practicing Orthokeratology and myopia control for over 35 years. He lectures extensively and holds a patent on the first scleral Orthokeratology design. He published numerous articles on specialty contact lenses, myopia control, and orthokeratology.
He is co-founder, President and board member of the International Academy of Orthokeratology & Myopia Control and the founder, Chairman of the Board of Orthokeratology Academy of America. He has visiting Professor status at Tianjin Medical University, Shandong Medical University, and He Eye Hospital/University. Recently he has collaborated on several projects worldwide that will lay the groundwork for future growth in the field of myopia control.
Caroline Burnett Hodd, PhD, MCOptom DipTp(IP)
Caroline comes from an optical family. Her father, grandfather and great grandfather were optometrists. Her grandfather opened a specialist contact lens practice in central London after the Second World War.
Before becoming an optometrist Caroline studied for a PhD in Particle Physics until she succumbed to optometry and took over her father’s practice.
In 2014 she opened the Dry Eye Centre, to offer tailor-made treatment for dry eye. The Centre was the first in Europe to use Intense Pulsed Light Treatment for dry eye and aims to be at the forefront of dry eye treatment.
Elise Kramer, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Elise Kramer is a residency-trained optometrist in Miami FL who specializes in ocular surface disease and specialty contact lenses. Her Doctorate degree was awarded in Optometry from the Université de Montréal in 2012. She then completed her residency at the Miami VA Medical Center. Her time there included training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the nation’s top eye hospital. After her residency, Dr. Kramer became a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. Dr. Kramer is a member of the American Optometric Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Carina Koppen, MD, PhD, FEBO
Dr. Carina Koppen is professor of Ophthalmology, University of Antwerp. Research interest: keratoconus, contact lenses, corneal regeneration, visual optics of the eye. Head of department, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium. Clinical subspecialty: cornea and ocular surface disease, medical and surgical.
Medical director of the Cornea Bank and of the Amniotic Membrane Bank.
President of the European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists, board member of EuCornea, secretary of the Academia Ophthalmologica Belgica.
Alessandro Lambiase, MD, PhD
Full Professor of Ophthalmology and Vice-Director of Sense Organs Department - "Sapienza" University of Rome. He is the author of 159 scientific articles of which 132 on reviewed magazines. The total impact factor of the publications is 475.687. The H-Index is 42. Among the areas of most interest: physiopathology, diagnosis and therapy of inflammatory diseases of the anterior ocular segment with particular regard to allergic diseases; pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of corneal dystrophic / degenerative pathologies; use of corneal stem cells in diseases of the anterior ocular segment; use of Nerve Growth Factor in ocular pathologies of the anterior and posterior segment.
Karen Lee, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Karen L. Lee received her bachelor’s degree in Physiological Science from University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry and completed a cornea and contact lens residency at Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Lee served as Director of the specialty contact lens clinic at the University of California, San Francisco Ophthalmology department. She is member of the Texas Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the Ocular Surface Society. She is Vice President of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a GPLI advisory board member.
Michael Lipson, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Michael Lipson is an optometrist/associate professor at University of Michigan. His clinical practice involves specialty contact lenses. He has published peer- reviewed clinical research studies on OrthoK, vision-related quality of life, myopia control and new lens designs. He lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Lipson developed a validated questionnaire to assess vision-related quality of life for all types of vision correction, including OrthoK. He is an independent consultant to the specialty lens industry emphasizing OrthoK education. He is on the GPLI Advisory Board, served as Vice-President of the Scleral Lens Education Society and on the Scleral Lens Education Society Board for many years.
Rita Mencucci, MD
Dr. Rita Mencucci is Medical Director at the Eye Care Clinic Hospital Careggi Florence. Currently Dr. Mencucci is mainly dedicated to anterior segment surgery, including both cataract surgery and corneal surgery, with over 10,000 surgical operations performed. She is an Italian member of the commission of the European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO) - subspecialty cataract and refractive surgery. She is also part of the executive council of the Italian Society of Corneal Transplantation and Ocular Surface (SITRAC), of the Italian Society of Stem Cells and Ocular Surface (SICSSO). She is a founding member of the European Team for the prophylaxis of Infection in Cataract Surgery (ETHICS).
Langis Michaud, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, FIACLE, FSLS, FEAO
Dr. Langis Michaud is graduated from Université de Montréal in 1986 where he also obtained his Master’s Degree in physiological optics (1998). He received also a diploma in Public Administration from École Nationale d’Administration Publique in 2006. Dr Michaud is a full professor at Université de Montréal Clinic since 2001, as the chief of the contact lens department. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is an author of more than 35 chapters of book edited in France and USA. Because of his expertise, he has often been invited to speak in Europe, Asia, and United States.
Giancarlo Montani, DOPTOM, FBCLA, FIACLE
Giancarlo Montani is an optometrist and Professor of Clinical Contact Lens Application at the University of Salento, Italy. Involved in Optometry education since 1988, he has been Head Department of the Contact Lens Division at the Santa Chiara University Medical Centre in Pisa, Italy until 2004. In 2007 Professor Giancarlo Montani has co-founded the Centre for contact lens research of the University of Salento. Giancarlo Montani also works in private practice. He has published numerous articles in optometric journals and has been invited as a lecturer to several national and international Optometry Congresses.
Gavin O'Callaghan, BScOptom, MOptom, FCCLSA, FAAO, FSLS
Gavin graduated in Optometry from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists. He is Head of the Contact Lens clinic in Ophthalmology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and has an appointment as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the University of Adelaide. He has served the profession in Australia as a Director of Optometry Australia for over 10 years. Gavin is a Director of Sight For All, a charity in South East Asia. He has been actively involved in designing and implementing training courses in Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Myanmar.
Jaume Pauné, OD, PhD, FIAO
Jaume Pauné has a egreed in Optics and Optometry and Master in Optometry and Vision Sciences by the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa (FOOT). He obtained his PhD in Optics and Optometry with the topic "Myopia control with radial refractive gradient contact lenses". He holds the Spaniard National Council of Optics and Optometry Award in 1992 and in 2010. Behalf a Spanish Patent on two Orthokeratology lens design, a myopia control lens and a keratoconus contact lens designs. Currently works as a clinician in the Centro Medico Teknon in Barcelona, Spain and associate professor for specialty contact lenses at Faculty Optics and Optometry of Terrassa University.
Ken Pullum, DipCLP, FBCLA, FBCO
Ken was awarded the FBOA at the City University. He is currently principal optometrist in the scleral lens service at Moorfields, Oxford Eye Hospitals, and recently appointed as senior optometrist specialising in contact lens practice at the Queens Hospital, Romford, UK. The majority of his time is dedicated to medical applications of contact lenses for keratoconus, post corneal transplant and management of dry eye pathology. He has made a significant contribution to the development of modern scleral lens clinical practice and manufacturing, subjects on which he has lectured and written extensively internationally.
Pam Satjawatcharaphong, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Pam Satjawatcharaphong graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry (UCBSO) and completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at Southern California College of Optometry. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Chief Mentor for Cornea & Contact Lens Residency at UCBSO. She has also performed clinical research in the area of dry eye in the Ocular Surface Imaging Clinic. Her areas of interest include specialty contact lens fittings for corneal ectasia, post-surgical corneas, ocular surface disease, aphakia, presbyopia, and ocular disfigurement. She currently serves as the President of the Scleral Lens Education Society.
Muriel Schornack, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Muriel Schornack is a consultant at Mayo Clinic, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She was also responsible for the development of Mayo Clinic’s scleral lens program in 2006. Since the inception of Mayo’s scleral lens clinic, Dr. Schornack has lectured, presented, and published regularly on the topic of scleral lenses. Dr. Schornack is a founding member of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and currently serves on the advisory board for the organization. She was also a founding member of the SCOPE (Scleral Lenses in Current Ophthalmic Practice Evaluation) research team, and remains active in the group’s leadership.
Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Louise A. Sclafani, served as Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Optometric Services at University of Chicago from 1993-2017. Her main interests include contact lenses, corneal disease, and surgery co-management. She applies her experience of challenging hospital based care as Vice President of Professional Affairs for SynergEyes and continues to see patients at SoLo Eyecare a private practice in Chicago and trains young doctors at the Illinois College of Optometry. She was awarded the status of Diplomate by the American Academy of Optometry CCLRT and selected by Review of Optometry as one of the Top 10 Females at the Forefront of Optometry.
Boris Severisnky, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS
Boris Severinsky is a Chief of Specialty Lens Service at the Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to that, he served as the Head of Specialty Lens Service at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem. His experience includes design and fitting of specialty contact lens for keratoconus, after corneal surgery and for a variety of ocular surface disease. Dr. Severinsky has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed optometry and contact lens journals as well as a chapter about contact lenses in a major ophthalmology “Cornea” textbook. He lectures nationally and internationally on various contact lens and cornea disease topics.
Luigina Sorbara, OD, MSc, FAAO, FBCLA
Since 1984, Dr Luigina Sorbara has been Head of the Contact Lens Clinic and is now a Professor. She has a Diplomate in Cornea and Contact Lenses. Gina lectures in Advanced Contact Lens Fitting and Aftercare. Her current research interests are in speciality lens designs for keratoconus, irregular corneal surfaces and orthokeratology, extended wear, contact lens induced dry eye, GPC, and other contact lens induced corneal complications. She is heavily involved in international optometric education and educators particularly related to contact lenses with IACLE, teaching educators how to teach, and has established curricula and has helped to set up school based clinics.
Steven Sorkin, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Sorkin is Director of Specialty Contact Lens Services at Corneal Associates of New Jersey in Fairfield, New Jersey. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry. He participates in many contact lens related studies and lectures extensively throughout the country on contact lenses, dry eyes, ocular allergies, ocular therapeutics and corneal disease. He has a special interest in difficult to fit contact lens patients, such as those with keratoconus and post-surgical cases and manages many patients with complex anterior segment conditions.
Graduate Optician, Optometrist. He works in the professional service in an Italian company since 1981 and lectures on soft and rigid contact lens design and application. He is a consultant at the Ophthalmology Clinic of the Policlinico Umberto I in Rome, in the corneal physiopathology department since 1986. From 1986 to 1989 he was a professor in contact lenses at the School of Optometry Assopto Regione Lazio He is a speaker at national congresses and participated as a scientific guest at some national TV programs. He is a specialist in corneal and scleral lenses in irregular corneas, post-refractive surgery, and in orthokeratology.
Brian Tompkins, FBCLA
Brian is an experienced independent practitioner in his stunningly refurbished and contemporised Victorian house-practice in Northampton UK. He is a Past President of the BCLA and a former AOP Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year. He lectures internationally on business, imaging technology, dry eye and specialist contact lens topics, all based on real life experience in the consulting room. Brian learnt that people retain more by being entertained while being educated and so since that time his lectures and workshops have been interactive and fun, sometimes even hilarious, but always informative. He is maybe Optometry’s best-known EDUTAINER.
Stephen Vincent, PhD, BAppSc (Optom)
Associate Professor Steve Vincent completed his undergraduate optometry degree in 2004 and PhD in 2011, and has since published over 60 scientific papers primarily related to myopia development, visual optics, and scleral contact lenses. Steve served as an associate editor for Clinical and Experimental Optometry for five years, and is currently an associate editor for Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the British Contact Lens Association, the Scleral Lens Education Society, the Australian College of Optometry, and the Higher Education Academy.
Maria Walker, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Maria Walker earned her Doctor of Optometry and Vision Science Master’s from The New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, completing a Contact Lens Residency at Pacific University in Portland, OR. She has won several awards, including the Vision Care Scholarship for Clinical Excellence (2012), Contact Lens Residency Award (2015), and the Ezell Fellowship given by the American Optometric Foundation (2017 & 2018). Dr. Walker is currently an attending clinician and is pursuing a PhD in scleral lenses at the University of Houston College of Optometry, and is the current Secretary of the Scleral Lens Education Society.