Ezell Fellows Present: Contact Lens Discomfort: More Than (Where the Lens) Meets the Eye

Recorded On: 11/09/2018

Patient-reported awareness or discomfort with contact lenses is known to be common and increase throughout the lens wearing period and replacement cycle.  Contact lens discomfort (CLD) is also a common cause for cessation of lens wear, and accordingly not only a struggle for patients, but also care providers, researchers, and lens manufacturers.  This talk will discuss factors related to (1) the contact lens material and overall design, (2) the ocular surface, and (3) attributes and characteristics other than the contact lens and ocular surface which impact patient-reported CLD.  Updates on new research, as well as treatments, and possible future directions will be provided.

Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO

Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO, is Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research at the Indiana University School of Optometry. 

Dr. Kollbaum is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, ARVO, AOCLE, IACLE, ISCLR, and BCLA. Within the Academy he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF). 

Dr. Kollbaum has received several awards including the Borish Outstanding Researcher Award from the Academy, and as a graduate student was a three-time recipient of the William C. Ezell Fellowship provided by the AOF. 

Maria Markoulli, PhD, MOptom, FAAO

Maria Markoulli is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of New South Wales. In 2005 she joined the Brien Holden Vision Institute as a Research Optometrist working on contact lens-related clinical trials. She gained her therapeutics qualification in 2008 along with her Master of Optometry degree. In 2012 she was awarded with her PhD that explored the aetiology of contact lens-induced corneal erosions. Her first post-doc role was as a project manager of the meibomian gland dysfunction project at the Brien Holden Vision Institute. Maria concurrently maintains a role in clinical practice and was on the Tear Film and Ocular Surface society sub-committee of the contact lens discomfort workshop and is also involved in the Dry Eye Workshop II. She is a dual recipient of the William C. Ezell fellowship from the American Optometric Foundation and in 2010 she was a recipient of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia research award.

Lakshman Subbaraman, PhD, MSc, FAAO

Lakshman has authored over 70 peer-reviewed and professional articles in the areas of contact lens discomfort, tear film biochemistry & ophthalmic biomaterials and has presented at numerous conferences in twelve different countries. He is a two-time recipient of the American Optometric Foundation’s prestigious William Ezell Fellowship. He is on the editorial board of British Contact Lens Association’s peer-reviewed journal, Contact Lens & Anterior Eye and is a topical editor for the journal Optometry & Vision Science. He also serves as a referee for several Ophthalmology & Optometry journals and international research granting agencies. Lakshman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research, Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society and the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology. 

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