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Dr. Hector Santiago, OD, PhD, Contributor & Content Reviewer

Dr. Hector Santiago is professor and director of research activities at the IAUPR School of Optometry, chair of the education committee of ALDOO and vice-president of the Puerto Rico Optometric Association.

He obtained O.D. degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston and has been involved in optometric education for 33 years, including tenures as dean of Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry (IAUPR), founding dean of Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry and president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

He was secretary-treasurer of the Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics (ALDOO) and founding member of the Latin American Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and chair of the International Optometric Educators Special Interest Group of ASCO.

As a member of Lions Clubs International, he has directed more than 20 humanitarian clinical missions in the Dominican Republic where more than 15,000 patients have received free eye care, eyeglasses, medications and pterygia surgeries. He has received support from the Lions Clubs Foundation for work to develop low vision services in Puerto Rico and to conduct a study of the refractive error and visual dysfunctions of the children of Puerto Rico.

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