Our Editorial Advisory Board
The AllAboutVision.com Editorial Advisory Board was formed to ensure that this website offers as much interesting and accurate information about eye care and eyewear as possible. Members include leading ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, and other eye care professionals.
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
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 information about Dr. Boxer Wachler.
Brian Chou, OD, FAAO
Dr. Chou is an established San Diego optometrist and a partner in EyeLux Optometry, a new practice in Rancho Bernardo. 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 information about Dr. Chou.
Michael DePaolis, OD
Dr. DePaolis is a partner in 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 Dubow, OD, FAAO
Dr. Dubow, a senior partner at Insight Eye Care in St. Cloud, Minn., 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 information about Dr. Dubow.
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. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and his MBA at the University of Chicago. Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Epstein is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, of which he is former vice chief of medical staff and chairman of medical staff quality assessment.
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 A. Knobbe, MD
Dr. Knobbe is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery and general ophthalmology. He practices at Durant Surgical Eye Center in Durant, Okla., and previously was in private practice for 17 years in Denison, Texas. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he has taught advanced cataract surgical techniques to resident ophthalmologists since 2001. Dr. Knobbe is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Medical Association. More information about Dr. Knobbe.
Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM, BS
Master optician Mark Mattison-Shupnick directs the continuing education program for 20/20 magazine and Vision Monday, owned by the ophthalmic industry's largest trade publisher, Jobson Medical Information LLC. Mattison-Shupnick also is an independent consultant to the ophthalmic industry. His expertise includes market research, product development, project management, and ophthalmic optics training for doctors and staff. Clients have included major lens manufacturers, regional and national chains, and lens processing laboratories, along with optometric management consulting and buying groups. With more than 30 years of experience in the optical industry, Mattison-Shupnick also lectures nationally and internationally. He currently works in retail activities, conducts primary research, participates in product development projects, assists companies with technical marketing needs, and teaches classes on behalf of company, trade, and professional organizations. Mattison-Shupnick belongs to the Opticianry Hall of Fame and also received the Beverly Myers Award for Education from the National Academy of Opticianry.
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 information about Mr. Norman.
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, a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of 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 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 information about Dr. Thompson.
[Page updated August 2015]