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Richard Adler, MD

Richard Adler, MD, FACS
Dr. Richard Adler is a board-certified ophthalmologist and corneal specialist at Belcara Health — a multi-specialty practice in Baltimore that offers ophthalmology, plastic surgery and dermatology, where he also performs laser vision correction. Dr. Adler also is an assistant professor at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and he is affiliated with St. Joseph Medical Center, University of Maryland. A diplomate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Adler is a nationally known speaker on dry eye and allergic eye disease. More about Dr. Adler »

Joseph Barr, OD, MS

Joseph T. Barr, OD, MS
Dr. Barr is an Emeritus Professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. From July 2007 to May 2014 Dr. Barr was with Bausch + Lomb, most recently as vice president, medical affairs, Pharmaceuticals & Vision Care. Prior to that, he was with Ohio State for 24 years in various capacities including associate dean for clinical services and professional programs, and chief of the Contact Lens Clinical Service. During his tenure with Ohio State, Dr. Barr also spent two decades as editor of the professional journal Contact Lens Spectrum. He was founding editor of the first electronic newsletter for eye care professionals, Contact Lenses Today. Dr. Barr also spent three years as manager of clinical and materials research for Dow Corning Ophthalmics.

Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD

Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD
Dr. Boxer Wachler is a board-certified ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon at the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute  in Beverly Hills. He obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA in psychobiology, attended Edinburgh University in Scotland on a Rotary Scholarship and completed his medical school training at Dartmouth. He served his ophthalmology residency at Saint Louis University Eye Institute and his refractive surgery fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Previously he was director of the UCLA Refractive Laser Center at the Jules Stein Eye Institute; his current practice is the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute. Dr. Boxer Wachler has served as an investigator in 13 FDA clinical trials evaluating new refractive surgery technologies. He is a faculty member at UCLA and is on the staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has lectured on LASIK and other types of refractive surgery to thousands of eye surgeons and has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters. He was the 2003 recipient of a Career Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was named one of the best ophthalmologists in the United States by Consumers' Research Council of America. More about Dr. Boxer Wachler »

Brian Chou, OD, FAAO

Brian Chou, OD, FAAO
Dr. Chou is an established San Diego optometrist and owner of ReVision Optometry . A graduate of University of California Berkeley School of Optometry, he completed fellowship training in refractive surgery management at Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine. He has authored more than 60 eye care manuscripts, including the book Spanish Terminology for the Eyecare Team and book chapters on keratoconus, cataracts and laser vision correction. He received the Nuemueller Award in Optics from the American Academy of Optometry and is on the editorial board for Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses. More about Dr. Chou »

Michael DePaolis, OD

Michael DePaolis, OD
Dr. DePaolis practices at Visionary Eye Associates  in Rochester, N.Y. He is chief optometric editor of Primary Care Optometry News, adjunct clinical professor of optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and adjunct clinical associate, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine. His research has been published in International Contact Lens Clinic Journal, Journal of the American Optometric Association, Ophthalmic Surgery, Review of Optometry, Optometric Management, and Contact Lens Spectrum, among others. Dr. DePaolis's work has also been presented at numerous scientific meetings, journal panel discussions and symposia. He is a member of the New York State Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association, and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He received a BS in physiological optics and his doctorate of optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Burt W. Dubow, OD, FAAO

Burt Dubow, OD, FAAO
Dr. Dubow practices at Insight Eye Care  in St. Cloud, Minn. He received his doctor of optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1975. He is a past chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a distinguished fellow of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Dubow was editor of EyeQuest Magazine and has written many articles on contact lenses and patient care internationally. He also has lectured to optometrists, ophthalmologists, pharmacists and staff in the United States and abroad. More about Dr. Dubow »

Pravin U. Dugel, MD

Pravin Dugel, MD
A well-known retinal specialist, Dr. Dugel is managing partner at Retinal Consultants of Arizona and a founding member of Spectra Eye Institute. He is also clinical professor, USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, at the University of Southern California. He has authored more than 200 papers and 35 book chapters and serves on the editorial board of several major medical journals. Dr. Dugel graduated from Columbia University and attended UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, his medical retina fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and his surgical retina fellowship at USC Eye Institute, where he was elected to serve on the faculty as the resident director. More about Dr. Dugel »

Robert L. Epstein, MD

Robert L. Epstein, MD
As a nationally recognized ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon, Dr. Epstein has performed refractive surgery procedures since 1980. In 1991, he was the first surgeon in the Midwest and the third in the United States to perform LASIK. Currently he is medical director and chief surgeon at Mercy Center for Corrective Eye Surgery in Chicago, where he performs LASIK, PRK, epi-LASIK, Crystalens implantation and other procedures. Dr. Epstein has developed several patented devices, including an instrument that increases the safety and accuracy of laser vision correction. He helped develop multifocal LASIK and participates in U.S. clinical trials to investigate its safety and effectiveness for people with presbyopia. He also performs scleral reinforcement, a new procedure for excessive nearsightedness. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering, Dr. Epstein worked as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories before obtaining his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School.

Valerie Kattouf, OD

Valerie Kattouf, OD
Dr. Kattouf is an optometrist in private practice and on the faculty at Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, where she lectures on such topics as strabismus, amblyopia, binocular vision disorders and the relationship between vision and learning. She also coordinates the Pediatric/Binocular Vision residency there. And she is an editorial council member of the Journal of Optometric Vision Development. Dr. Kattouf completed a residency in pediatrics and binocular vision at the State University of New York Optometric Center. She has presented at numerous scientific meetings on pediatric eye care and strabismus. Dr. Kattouf is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Chris Knobbe, MD

Chris A. Knobbe, MD
Dr. Knobbe is clinical associate professor emeritus at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He practiced general ophthalmology from 1994 to 2015 and remained on the active volunteer faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from 2001 to 2015, before retiring from active practice. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association. Currently he is involved in research on age-related macular degeneration causes and treatments. More about Dr. Knobbe »

Craig W. Norman, FCLSA

Craig W. Norman, FCLSA
Mr. Norman is director of research at Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University. A clinician for more than 30 years, he has lectured worldwide on contact lens and eyecare topics, and has published more than 100 articles, posters, videos and book chapters. He is a consulting editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and heads the education committee of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. Mr. Norman serves on the editorial board of Refractive Eyecare and on the advisory panel of the GP Lens Institute. More about Mr. Norman »

Charles B. Slonim, MD, FACS

Charles B. Slonim, MD, FACS
Dr. Charles Slonim is a board-certified ophthalmologist in Tampa, Fla., adjunct professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa and clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. He teaches oculoplastic diseases, diagnoses and surgeries as well as contact lens technology. Dr. Slonim also is president-elect of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He received Honor Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1993 and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists in 1998. And in 2010 he received the Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal. He has lectured extensively to ophthalmologists, optometrists and other physicians in more than 56 cities in more than 35 countries throughout the world. He has published 34 ophthalmic journal articles, 17 ophthalmic book chapters and 11 clinical symposia. In 2011 he published a book called Eye Was There: A Patient's Guide to Coping with the Loss of an Eye.

Vance Thompson, MD

Vance Michael Thompson, MD, FACS
Dr. Vance Thompson is the director of refractive surgery for Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, S.D., and serves as associate professor of ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine. A leading international researcher in the field of laser and implant vision correction, Dr. Thompson has played a key role in developing the excimer laser for vision correction. He also has served as a principal investigator or medical monitor lead in more than 40 FDA-monitored clinical trials, studying laser and implant vision correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Dr. Thompson continues to play an important role in the ongoing development and refinement of laser and implant vision correction including phakic intraocular lens technologies and corneal inlays for presbyopia. In addition, he has been published extensively in journals and books and is co-author of the textbook, Refractive Surgery. Dr. Thompson also has lectured and taught refractive surgery to thousands of eye surgeons worldwide. More about Dr. Thompson »

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