Journal of Contact Lens Research and Science Editorial Board
Chad Rosen, OD, FAAO
Dr. Rosen is an Assistant Professor at the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO). After attending the University of North Dakota for undergraduate education, where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and majored in Entrepreneurship, he received his Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO). He then completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at PUCO and went on to complete two years of Fellowship at MCO’s Vision Research Institute. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Additionally, Dr. Rosen has received the VISTAKON Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care and the George Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award.
Dr. Rosen teaches at MCO in Ocular Anatomy & Physiology, portions of Practice Management, Environmental Vision, and Clinical Problem Solving. He also is an attending doctor for the students, providing clinical care to patients. He has been involved in a variety of research projects, including: oxygen permeability and the effects of corneal swelling with scleral lenses, difference in scleral anatomical elevation, line of sight vs. optical alignment of soft multi-focal contact lenses, and comparison of visual performance between gray neutral density tinted contact lenses and clear contact lenses. He has also had the opportunity to lecture at various meetings around the country on a variety of topics within the contact lens community.
Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Melissa Barnett is a Principal Optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center in Sacramento. She is internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry (ABCMO) and serves on the Board of American Optometric Association (AOA) Cornea and Contact Lens Council, Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) is Immediate Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS). Dr. Barnett is a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and a guest lecturer for the STAPLE program. She was awarded The Theia Award for Excellence for Mentoring by Women in Optometry (WO) in 2016. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with her family, Todd Erickson, also an optometrist, and two sons, Alex and Drew.
Mark Eltis, OD
Dr. Mark Eltis has practiced optometry in New York and California and now in Toronto. He is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Eltis has served as an examiner for the national licensing assessment in both Canada and the United States (NBEO and CACO). He has presented and published internationally and has been sought as an expert on optometric issues for national television and print.
Daddi Fadel, Dip Optom, FSLS
Daddi Fadel, Dip Optom, FSLS, is a lens designer and specialist in contact lenses for irregular cornea, scleral lenses and orthokeratology. She speaks five languages; Arabic, French, English, Italian and Greek. She studied optometry at Istituto Superiore di Scienze Optometriche (ISSO) in Rome (1998-2001), a four-year course achieved with honors. She started to lecture and publish from her first year of Optometry school. She has 20 years’ experience in optometry and specialty contact lenses. She runs an optometric practice specializing in contact lenses in Italy where she personally designs and fits special customized contact lenses. She is internationally recognized as a key opinion leader, who has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of specialty contact lenses, and is a speaker in national and international symposia. She is the first Certified EyePrint Practitioner outside the USA and Canada. She is the Founder and Immediate Past President of Accademia Italiana Lenti Sclerali (AILeS), President of Euro & Austral-Asia Scleral Lens Academy (EASLA), Council of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists (ISCLS), and Fellow of Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS).
Dustin J. Gardner OD, MS, FAAO
Dr. Gardner is originally from northeast Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University for both his undergraduate and optometric studies. Upon completing his doctorate program he immediately enrolled in the Cornea and Contact Lens Advanced Practice Fellowship at Ohio State. During this program he completed a Masters in Vision Science, and successfully defended his thesis involving orthokeratology and peripheral myopic defocus.
Currently he divides his professional time between private practice in Marysville, Ohio, and academia. He is associate faculty at OSU College of Optometry as an attending in the clinics, and involved with myopia control research. He is also a proud Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Paul Gifford, PhD, MCOptom, FIACLE, FBCLA, FAAO
Dr. Gifford was awarded his PhD from the Research in Orthokeratology (ROK) group, UNSW for his research investigating novel applications of orthokeratology contact lenses to temporarily mold corneal shape to correct vision. He then completed a post-doctorate with the same group to investigate correction of presbyopia using orthokeratology.
Dr. Gifford's primary research interest is the visual optics of orthokeratology, particularly in relation to the correction of hyperopia and presbyopia, and use in myopia control.
He currently divides his time between continued research at UNSW, practice based research and consulting to industry on all aspects of contact lens design.
Jason Jedlicka, OD, FAAO
Dr. Jason Jedlicka is an Assoicate Professor at Indiana University School of Optometry, and the Director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service. He is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry's Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies Section, a past President of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a Fellow and board member of the Contact Lens Society of America. He is the developer of the Zenlens and ZenRC scleral lenses and is a consultant to Bausch and Lomb.
Michael J. Lipson, OD, FAAO
Dr. Michael Lipson is an optometrist/associate professor at University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center. His clinical practice involves contact lenses with emphasis on specialty contact lenses: overnight corneal reshaping, keratoconus, post-corneal transplant, post-refractive surgery and severe dry eye patients. He has published peer-reviewed clinical research studies on corneal reshaping, vision-related quality of life, myopia control and new lens designs. He lectures nationally and internationally on specialty contact lens and research topics. Dr. Lipson and a collaborator have developed a validated questionnaire to assess vision-related quality of life for use with various 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. He is a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals. He attended Michigan State University and received his OD degree from Illinois College of Optometry.
Langis Michaud, OD, MSc, FAAO (Dipl), FSLS
Dr. Langis Michaud is graduated from École d’optométrie de l’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 (ENAP) in 2006.
Dr. Michaud is a full professor and practices at Université de Montréal since 2001, as the chief of the contact lens department. He is Fellow of the Ameican Academy of Optometry (Diplomate), British Contact Lens Association and Scleral Lens Education Society. He is a member of the European Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Michaud has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and publications or professional reviews. He is an author of more than 35 chapters of book edited in France. Because of his expertise he has often been invited to speak in Europe, Asia, and United States. He is a regular speaker at the American Academy of Optometry (Ellerbrock), at the BCLA meeting and at the European Academy of Optometry meeting.
Finally, Dr Michaud is the current president of the College of Optometrists of Quebec (Ordre des Optométristes du Québec).
Alex Nixon, OD, MS
Dr. Nixon is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Contact Lens Research and Science. His research topics have included scleral lenses, higher-order aberration correction with contact lenses, contact lens fit assessment with optical coherence tomography, and myopia control. Presently, he is clinical assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he teaches general clinical and contact lens practice. He is also a member of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study Group, a multi-location group conducting a National Eye Institute sponsored study investigating the effectiveness of soft center distance multifocal lenses to limit myopia progression.
Muriel Moe Schornack, OD, FAAO
Dr. Muriel Schornack received her Bachelor of Arts degree in organ performance from Jamestown College in 1984, followed by a Master of Music degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. She worked as an arts administrator and piano instructor for several years before beginning to pursue her optometry degree in 1994. She attended the Illinois College of Optometry, and received the valedictory award upon her graduation in 1998. She then completed a residency in primary eye care at the Illinois Eye Institute.
Dr. Schornack is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Eye and Contact Lens, and regularly reviews manuscripts for a number of optometric and ophthalmologic journals. She 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 study team, and is still actively involved in the group’s research activities.
Maria K. Walker, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Walker earned her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Vision Science degrees from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA (2013), and went on to complete a Residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR (2014). In 2014, she joined the faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry as an Assistant Clinical Professor. In 2015, she began completing a PhD in physiologic optics at UHCO, where she remains part-time faculty.
Dr. Walker is very active in contact lens related clinical and basic research. She is a member of The Ocular Surface Institute (TOSI) and Texas Eye Research and Technology Center (TERTC) at UHCO, and is a co-investigator on the Bifocal Lenses in Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) study, a multi-center project looking at the role of multifocal soft contact lenses in reducing myopia progression in children. In her PhD research, she focuses on the exploration of the tear film reservoir beneath scleral lenses. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society, and is a member of the Association for Vision in Research and Ophthalmology.
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. Ggonzalo Carracedo is Associate Professor of Optometry and Contact Lenses and Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs at Optics and Optometry Faculty in Complutense University of Madrid. Author of 70 papers in peer-review journals, over 300 communications to international meetings and 3 patents related with dry eye. He has participated in 52 projects related with ocular surface, contact lenses, myopia progression and ocular hypertension. Director of the research group “Ocupharm Diagnostics”.
Kate Gifford, BAppSc(Optom), GradCertOcTher, FBCLA, FIACLE, FCCLSA, FAAO
Ms. Gifford is a clinical optometrist and owner of Gerry & Johnson Optometrists, a niche independent practice in the Brisbane CBD with specialty interests in contact lenses, binocular vision, paediatric optometry and myopia control. Graduating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2003 with First Class Honours and a University Medal, Ms. Gifford is now undertaking a part-time PhD examining orthokeratology, binocular vision function and visual optics. Kate has achieved professional Fellowships of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE), the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA) and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and holds 28 professional and peer reviewed publications.
As a peer educator, Ms. Gifford has presented over 60 lectures at conferences in Australia, England, USA and beyond. Mrs. Gifford is an award winning clinical supervisor and visiting lecturer at QUT. As a professional leader, Ms. Gifford was elected the current National President of Optometry Australia, the peak professional body, in late 2014 after four years on that Board. A past State President of Optometry QLD/NT, Mrs. Gifford served on this district Board for twelve years. Ms. Gifford also served on the Fellowships Admissions Committee (International) of AAO, was National Vice President of the CCLSA and National Treasurer of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania.
Rute Macedo-de-Araujo, PhD
Rute Macedo-de-Araújo received her Doctorate in Optometry and Vision sciences (University of Minho, Braga – Portugal) in 2019. She is invited assistant lecturer in Department of Physics of University of Minho (graduation and master degree in Optometry) and research assistant at Clinical and Experimental Optometry Research Lab (CEORLab) since 2013. Her investigation is focused on contact lenses, mainly scleral lens fitting for visual rehabilitation, but also optical quality of the human eye, electrophysiological response of the human retina and light disturbance analysis. She has several publications in peer-review ISI journals, is author of several communications in national and international conferences and is co-author of a book chapter. Invited Reviewer for different Scientific Journals indexed in ISI Web of Science.
Sheila D. Morrison, OD, MS
Dr. Sheila D. Morrison received her Doctorate, Masters in Vision Science, and Residency in Cornea and Contact Lens from Pacific University College of Optometry. She has past served on faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Currently she practices at Mission Eye Care Center for Dry Eye and Corneal Disease, Calgary, where she is also a clinical rotation site instructor for the University of Waterloo College of Optometry, Ontario. She has special interest in her lectures and teaching in the areas of comprehensive ocular surface topography, medically necessary specialty contact lenses, and myopia management. She is a board member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.
Buddy Russell, LDO, COMT, FCLSA, FSLS
With over 35 years experience fitting contact lenses, Mr. Russell is currently an associate of the contact lens service at Emory University Eye Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Russell is a clinical instructor in Emory’s Ophthalmic Technology Program and teaches students and ophthalmology resident’s contact lens technology. He has been certified by J.C.A.H.P.O. since 1986 and is a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist. Mr. Russell is also a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society. He lectures at national and international meetings on contact lens related topics. Mr. Russell has written articles for various publications, two chapters for CLSA’s advanced training manual and is a peer reviewer for the Cornea and Eye and Contact Lens publications. Mr. Russell is a contributing editor for CLSA’s Eyewitness journal, and is also the National Contact Lens coordinator for the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. His current areas of research include monocular pediatric aphakia and ocular surface disorders. In addition, he joined the faculty at TVCI in 2006 and given emeritus status in 2012.
Daniel Tilia, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher, FBCLA, FAAO
Mr. Tilia is currently the Clinical Research Manager at the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Sydney, Australia. He received his Bachelor of Optometry with Honours in 1990, his Master of Optometry in 1999 and Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2012, all from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney Australia. He is currently enrolled as a part-time PhD candidate at the UNSW.
Mr. Tilia spent 16 years in private practice in NSW and South Australia before joining the Brien Holden Institute in 2006. He has also been a clinical supervisor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW since 1994. Mr. Tilia has published on a variety of ophthalmic topics, including ocular pathology, contact lens case contamination, contact lens compliance, contact lens deposition, contact lens solution compatibility and novel contact lenses for correcting presbyopia. He also regularly reviews manuscripts for several scientific journals.
Mr. Tilia has presented at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA). He is a Fellow of the BCLA and AAO, a board member of the NSW Division of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA) and a member of ARVO, Optometry Australia and the CCLSA.
Mindy Toabe, OD
Dr. Mindy Toabe is a hospital-based optometrist in a multidisciplinary setting with a specialty in medical contact lenses practicing at MetroHealth Medical Center within the Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology in Cleveland, Ohio USA. She is a Senior Clinical Instructor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine and Adjunct Faculty at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.
She is past president and a founding board member of the Scleral Lens Education Society and a Council Member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists. Dr. Toabe is on the advisory board for the Gas Permeable Lens Institute and the Scleral Lens Education Society. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Scleral Lens Education Society. Dr. Toabe has served on many optometric committees including the admittance committee for the American Academy of Optometry and the scleral lens education society official terminology committee. She has lectured both nationally and internationally, published numerous articles about specialty contact lenses including scleral lenses and is a peer reviewer for numerous journals.
Michael Wyss, MSc, FAAO
Dr. Michael Wyss graduated from Olten SHFA in Switzerland and did his M.Sc. at the Hochschule Aalen Germany (Cooperation with New England College of Optometry and Pacific University, USA). Since 1999 he is has been working in private practice as as Optometrist for specialty contact lens fitting, and since 2016 has been a member of the board of directors (eyeness ag, Bern, Switzerland).
From 2000 to 2004 Dr. Wyss lectured at the ophthalmic optics school in Bern in areas of Biology, Pathology, Physiology and Contact Lenses. Currently he is an adjunct Faculty Member at the New England College of Optometry USA, Hochschule Aalen Germany, TVCI in Prague and FHNW Optometry in Olten Switzerland. Dr. Wyss is a clinical investigator for several Industry Partners and published or lectured over several topics in the contact lens field throughout the world.
Dr. Wyss is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 2004 and serves as Chair of the Admittance Committee for new Fellows outside USA.