GPLIwire2017: The Virtual Specialty Lens Conference
Sponsored by GPLI and

Watch Online, On Demand until December 1, 2017

32 COPE Approved Credits for $249

Join us for the FIRST online CE event focused exclusively on specialty contact lens education.

Earn up to 32 COPE approved CE credits from world leading eye care experts with all-new lectures and live wet labs.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to get exclusive discounts from leading specialty contact lens manufacturers and instrument companies!

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About GPLIwire2017

GPLIwire2017 is the first virtual CE conference that focuses exclusively on specialty contact lenses.

It's sponsored by the
GP Lens Institute (GPLI) and, the largest online community for ECPs.

With up to 32 COPE-Approved CE hours online from leading speakers on a variety of specialty contact lens topics and LIVE scleral and Ortho-K workshops, at a ground-breaking price of $249 this is one event you won't want to miss!

There are two tracks focused on:

  • Sclerals
  • Ortho-K
  • Custom soft lenses
  • Presbyopia
  • Hybrids
  • Managing various ocular conditions with contacts
  • Instrumentation used in specialty contact lens fitting

Included are two wet labs, covering Scleral lens and Ortho-K fitting.

There is also a special session focused on billing & coding for your specialty contact lens fittings!


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Watch on your own schedule!

Watch the recorded courses on-demand from your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone until December 1st, 2017.

View each course as many times as you like. Pause, rewind, or even watch on your phone in between patients.

There is no more convenient, inexpensive, or relaxing way to pick up your required CE hours!

Profits to GPLI (Gas Permeable Lens Institute)

The GP Lens Institute (GPLI) is the educational division of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA).

The GPLI is dedicated to providing practitioners with educational and practice-building resources to enable them to fully benefit from the many advantages of GP (oxygen permeable) and custom specialty soft contact lenses.

The profits will benefit developing additional specialty contact lens educational workshops for the North America Optometric universities and developing additional specialty contact lens resources.

Exhibit Hall

GPLIwire2017 also features a virtual exhibit hall, where industry leading specialty contact lens manufacturers and instrument companies will be demoing their products and be on hand to answer questions.

Learn about many of the great specialty lens products offered by your CLMA (Contact Lens Manufacturers Association) members!

Many vendors are offering exclusive show discounts, so don't miss it!



  • $249 for all 32 COPE-Approved Credit Hours  
  • Students can register at no-charge

The registration includes all 32 hours of COPE approved credits.

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Learn More

GPLIwire2017 is brought to you by GPLI (Gas Permeable Lens Institute), the most established educational resource for customized contact lenses and, the largest online community exclusively for eye care professionals.

Learn more about the GPLI and various educational resources we offer!

Visit and discuss the event with our 20,000 OD members.

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Contact Lens Management of Keratoconus

Greg DeNaeyer, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Marsha M. Malooley, OD, FAAO
Advances in contact lens design and manufacturing have improved the success and management of the keratoconus patient. This lecture will focus on discussing modern contact lens options including soft, gas permeable, hybrid, and scleral lens designs. It will discuss fitting considerations and strategies including lens design selection to maximize success. Case examples will highlight key discussion points, fitting methodologies, and trouble shooting.

The Who, Why and How of Scleral Lens Fitting

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Karen Lee, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Many of us have heard about scleral lenses. What are scleral lenses, and why are they becoming so popular? Who can benefit from a scleral lens and how do you fit them?

This two hour course will answer all those questions and more, as Dr. Barnett and Dr. Lee delve into the art and science of scleral lenses. After starting with a comprehensive discussion of scleral lens design, nomenclature, and fitting philosophy, the course will identify those who can benefit from scleral lenses and guide the practitioner through every step of the fitting process.

Myopia Control: You Too Can Do It

Steve Silberberg, OD
Learning the general concepts in myopia control and the three clinical methods in office: The practitioner will be exposed to the general theory of how a comprehensive approach, using all methods, slows myopia progression. Emphasis will be placed on the newest research in three Myopia control areas Orthokeratology, Atropine therapy and Soft Multifocal lenses and how to institute a program in a private office.

Simplifying Scleral Lens Care, Application and Removal

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Karen Lee, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Scleral lens application and removal is one of the most common causes of scleral lens dropout. Patience, persistence and proper education is key to mastering this skill. Equally important to the long term success of your patient is proper lens care and solution use. This one hour course will showcase various equipment and real life tips and tricks that can help your patients who struggle with scleral lens application and removal. Lastly, this course will conclude with a review of scleral lens friendly solutions.



Advancements in Materials & Coatings

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO
Successful management of the patient with irregular corneas with contact lenses can sometimes be a frustrating process for both the patient and the practitioner. In most cases, advanced contact lenses are not curing the underlying condition for why they are being used. For example, in ocular graft-versus-host disease, we use scleral lenses to protect the ocular surface. But, we are not changing the functioning of the injured Meibomian glands. So, we are just exchanging the surface where there are problems, from the cornea, to the front surface of the lens. So, we are reliant on industry to provide us with constant research and development into better materials and coatings. This lecture covers many of the exciting advancements in materials.

Pre and Post Fit Corneal Topography in Orthok Practice

This course will supply new and established orthokeratologists with the know how to master corneal topography application.  The fundamentals of the capture process will be reviewed to optimize both the pre and post fit map acquisition.  Then the pre-fit analysis of candidacy and lens construction will be discussed followed by a comprehensive understanding of the post fit topographical outcomes and how to refine the treatment when necessary.

Scleral Lenses for Dry Eyes

Brooke Messer, OD, FAAO, FSLS
This course is designed to help attendees understand how scleral lenses can help patients with dry eyes. The course will introduce attendees to the history of scleral lenses, as well as a description of different ocular surface diseases in which scleral lenses can be an effective treatment. Appropriate fitting techniques of scleral lenses will be reviewed, as well as tips and clinical pearls applicable to patients with ocular surface disease. Common troubleshooting points and recommended care products related to utilizing scleral lenses for eyes with ocular surface disease will be discussed. The course will also cover how long term scleral lens wear can affect corneal and lacrimal gland function.

Orthokeratology "How To" Wet Lab

Bruce W.  Morgan, OD, FAAO
Stephanie Ramdass, OD, MS, FAAO
The use of Orthokeratology as a modality to correct refractive error has gained heightened interest over the last 50 years. Otherwise known as Corneal Reshaping in its modern-day form, this process of using gas permeable contact lenses to temporarily alter the shape of the corneal surface is a common form of management of refractive error. The place of orthokeratology contact lenses in today’s marketplace will be reviewed as well as the various FDA approved designs. This workshop will provide you with the tools needed in order to: determine ideal candidates for orthokeratology lens wear, how to fit patients via three liveformatted fits, when to schedule follow-up visits and what to expect during these examinations, how to troubleshoot, and tips and tricks for incorporating corneal reshaping into your practice.

Scleral Lens Fitting for Healthy Eyes

Melanie Frogozo, OD, FAAO, FSLS
This course will provide an overview of the role of scleral gas permeable lenses in normal corneas. This includes indications, the fitting process, and appropriate protocol for progress evaluations. Additionally, specific regular cornea cases in which scleral lenses are beneficial will be reviewed including high astigmatism, presbyopia, and high refractive error. At the conclusion of this course, all attendees will be familiar with identifying and prescribing scleral lenses to patients with normal corneas.

Scleral Lens Fitting: Understanding Scleral Shape

Sheila Morrison, OD, FSLS, MS
This course is designed to orient practitioners to scleral topography and modern corneo-scleral mapping tools. The course will review currently proposed knowledge about scleral/conjunctival shape and its application to lens design. There will be an emphasis on utilizing topographical data of the anterior eye beyond the limbus to optimize scleral lens design. The rationale for understanding each patient’s unique scleral shape will be discussed, as will advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies for measuring scleral/conjunctival shape. A brief orientation to nomenclature will also be provided to assist practitioners in communication. Several novel case reports will be presented.





The Optics of Myopia Control

Patrick J. Caroline, FAAO, FCLSA
Recent research has suggested that axial eye growth in children may be controlled through modification of the child’s peripheral refractive error. This lecture will review the unique corneal optics created following orthokeratology and how the resulting peripheral myopic defocus may aid in controlling axial myopia in children.

Scleral Lens Fitting "How To" Wet Lab

Maria K. Walker, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS
Sheila Morrison, OD, FSLS, MS
This live-formatted course is designed to instruct practitioners on basic to advanced techniques to handle and assess a scleral lens in practice. The course will begin with instruction and demonstration on how to apply, remove and evaluate a scleral lens on the eye. The viewers will see a live application of the lens, both by a practitioner as well as a live self-application of the lens. Removal will also be outlined in the same manner. Lens handling pearls will be addressed and demonstrated. Several lenses will be evaluated on the same eye using bio microscopy, so that viewers can appreciate the changes in the fitting relationship between different lens parameters on the same eye. Once the basic slit lamp examination is demonstrated, the course will progress to more advanced evaluation of the scleral lens using advanced technologies such as Ocular Coherence Tomography and non-invasive surface analysis using topography. In addition, pearls of management strategies based on potential complications will be discussed, and proper follow-up and management schedules will be outlined.

Troubleshooting Orthokeratology

Roxanne Achong-Coan OD, FAAO, FIAO
Orthokeratology is an alternate treatment from refractive surgery, contact lens usage during the day and as a method to control the progression of myopia in children. This course will review the criteria that are important when selecting patients, the ideal fluorescein pattern of an orthokeratology lens needed for a good outcome, and the importance of topography in addressing decentration, central islands, and undercorrection. Adverse physiological responses such as 3 and 9 staining, dimple veiling, lens binding, surface deposit induced staining, giant papillary conjunctivitis, and infiltrates and ulcers will also be discussed.





The Optometrist's Guide to Corneal Crosslinking

Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO
Significant impairments can result if cornea ectatic diseases, such as keratoconus, are left untreated. Thus, it is imperative for optometrist to know the most current treatment recommendations. Disease stabilization with corneal crosslinking is a new emerging key concept in this new era of keratoconus management. This course will discuss crosslinking treatment techniques, patient selections, expected outcomes and ongoing clinical investigations.

Clinical Case Management in the ICD-10 Era: Contact Lenses

John Rumpakis, OD, MBA
Using case examples, lecturer will present common and not so common specialty contact lens cases seen within optometric practice and ways we can improve our clinical skills from the case history, examination to medical decision making. Additionally, this course will discuss how contact lens related clinical care will be impacted by ICD-10.

Conquering The Keratoconus Contact Lens Challenge

Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO
Contact lens management in keratoconus patients can be complex. On the other hand, it is also a rewarding process for both clinicians and patients as well-fitted contact lenses can achieve significant improvements in patients’ visual functions and quality of life. Modern contact lens technologies have further enhanced the therapeutic properties and clinical success of these treatment modalities. This course will review a wide spectrum of contact lens options and their applications in managing the irregular cornea population.

Contact Lens Fitting for the Pediatric Population

Louise A. Sclafani, OD, FAAO
This course is designed to improve the comfort zone for practitioners who are involved in the treatment of infants and the pediatric population. Emphasis on medical necessity, anatomy, and refractive error.

New Options for Irregular Corneas

Renee E. Reeder OD, FAAO
Traditionally the irregular cornea has been fit with corneal GP lenses. This course will give a basic overview of scleral, specialty soft and hybrid lenses the newer options for the irregular cornea. It will introduce goals and concepts needed for success with soft specialty lenses. It will review starting points and evaluation of sclerals as well as introducing newer hybrid offerings. It will conclude with a cases series.





Incorporating technology into specialty contact lens practice

S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO
This course will review the utilization, application and interpretation of a number of advanced technologies used in the fitting and evaluation of specialty contact lenses. It will cover topics such as corneal topography, corneal tomography, anterior segment OCT and scleral profile measurement systems. The presenter will share clinical experiences in the utilization of these technologies in order to maximize clinical outcomes in the fitting of specialty contact lenses.

Ortho-What?!?! How To Build OrthoK Awareness

Justin Bazan, OD
This course will teach orthokeratology marketing pearls with an emphasis on digital marketing and social media.

Advanced Scleral Troubleshooting

John D. Gelles, OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS
Scleral lenses have become a commonly utilized modality for patients needing visual rehabilitation for irregular corneal conditions and adjunctive therapeutic treatment for complex ocular surface disease. Scleral lenses require troubleshooting and are not without complications. This practical lecture is designed to teach all practitioners, by utilizing cases, images, and videos, to aid in identification of and how to troubleshoot issues related to complex ocular geometry, lens surface wetting, post lens tear layer fogging, induced corneal complications, etc.

Hybrid fitting strategies for the normal and abnormal cornea

Tiffany Andrzejewski, OD
This course will review the evolution of hybrid lenses as we know them today and the role they play in the management of refractive errors for the normal and abnormal cornea. The latest advancements in application, lens design, fitting, and troubleshooting will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on current lens technology for astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus, and post-surgical eyes. The use of cases will accompany the “clinical pearl” format of the presentation with the goal of demonstrating how this specific lens technology can be incorporated into the optometric practice.

Creating and Developing a Contact Lens Specialty Practice

Carmen F. Castellano, O.D., F.A.A.O
This course will look at the challenges posed by managed care in optometry and the advantages of developing a practice specializing in contact lens care. We will provide tips and techniques to differentiate your practice and discuss a fee system based on service and care and not products.

Custom Soft Lens Update

Matthew Lampa, OD, FAAO
This course will highlight the Who, What, When, Where and Why of custom soft lens prescribing for both the regular and irregular cornea. The majority of soft lenses manufactured today are designed for the average cornea. This lecture will explore the dynamic relationship between corneal diameter and curvature as well as corneal irregularity.





GP Multifocal Fitting and Problem-Solving

Stephanie L. Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Edward S. Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FSLS
The greatest opportunity to build a contact lens practice as well as improve the quality of life of many of our patients is via the contact lens fitting of the presbyopic patient. There are many options available today and the patient selection, communication, fitting, and troubleshooting of GP aspheric and translating, hybrid, and scleral multifocals are discussed. The emphasis is on in-office clinical application of these designs to optimize patient success.

Myopia Control

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD
The prevalence of myopia is on the rise, and we must do something to reduce the potentially sight-threatening side effects of myopia. This lecture will discuss ineffective means of myopia control so optometrists know what NOT to implement, as well as provide information about how to use the most successful methods of myopia control, including soft multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology contact lenses, and atropine eye drops. We will discuss the mechanism of how they may work, how to optimize myopia control, and how to manage these treatments. In the end, optometrists will be more capable of educated discussions of myopia control with parents and feel more confident in providing myopia control treatments.


Roxanne Achong-Coan OD, FAAO, FIAO

Dr. Roxanne Achong-Coan received her Bachelors of Science at the University of Toronto in Canada and received her Doctorate in Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 1998. She has current therapeutic Pharmaceutical Certification in Florida and has the certification in the management and treatment of ocular disease. She also completed her residency in cornea and contact lenses at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon where she is currently a clinical adjunct assistant professor where she assists with clinical research projects. She won the top clinical research poster at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium in 2012 on keratoconus versus normal eyes. In Nov 2016, she was also voted as one of the top 250 doctors out of approximately 40,000 optometrists in the nation by Primary Care Optometry News. She also lectures to other optometrists for their continuing education on specialty fitting of contact lenses and has performed several contact lens workshops. She is currently a consultant for two contact lens companies.

Dr. Achong-Coan is a member of the American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association, Central Florida Society of Optometric Physicians. She is also a member and a fellow of the Orthokeratology Academy of America and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

She is currently in private group practice in the Orlando area for the past 16 years where she does primary care, specialty contact lens evaluations, and has recently developed the Dry Eye Center of Orlando.

Tiffany Andrzejewski, OD

Dr. Tiffany Andrzejewski grew up in Indiana and received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN before moving to Chicago where she attended the Illinois College of Optometry. Following optometry school she completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at Indiana University. After residency she remained on faculty at the Indiana University School of Optometry for a short while before moving back to Chicago and joining Chicago Cornea Consultants in 2011.

Dr. Andrzejewski is experienced in fitting both gas permeable and soft lenses and is highly trained in fitting specialty contact lenses for keratoconus, post-surgical corneas, and otherwise difficult to fit eyes and prescriptions. She is very passionate about caring for her patients and is dedicated to her professional career. She is a member of the AOA, IOA, Scleral Lens Educational Society, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Chicago Cornea Consultants is an ICO externship site, so Dr. Andrzejewski is also actively involved in training 4th year optometry students and serves as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Optometry at ICO.

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.

Justin Bazan, OD

Justin Bazan, OD, a 2004 SUNY grad, is the owner of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn, N.Y., which he established cold in the summer of 2008. He pioneered the use of social media as a marketing tool to help build a successful practice.

Dr. Bazan is a recognized international speaker, with an emphasis on practice management, both in the eyecare industry and small business world. He is an avid industry writer and is a regular columnist Optometric Management and Optometry Times. He holds several industry positions including spokesperson for The Vision Council and academic consultant expert for Bausch and Lomb.

Edward S. Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FSLS

Edward S. Bennett, O.D., M.S.Ed. received his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry and his M.S.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology from the Indiana University School of Education. Dr. Bennett is currently Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Services and Alumni Relations at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.

Dr. Bennett is currently Executive Director of the Gas Permeable (GP) Lens Institute, the educational division of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA) and is past Chair of the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE). He currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council of the American Optometric Association(AOA). He is also the past President of the MD-OD Contact Lens Foundation of St. Louis. He is a Diplomate and is a past Chair for the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry. He is also a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Education Society and recently inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. He has authored over 200 publications including 13 texts and lectured at over 250 scientific and continuing education symposia.

He was named one of the 50 most influential optometrists in America by Optometric Management and recently was honored as one of the 30 most influential in contact lenses in the last 30 years by Contact Lens Spectrum. He was selected as one of Primary Care Optometry News(PCON) 250. He is on the Education Committee of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. He is the Clinical Features Editor for Contact Lens Spectrum, an Editorial Review Board member for Review of Optometry, and an Editorial Board Member for Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses.

Patrick J. Caroline, FAAO, FCLSA

Mr. Caroline serves as Associate Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove Oregon. He is a Fellow member and Diplomat of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry. Patrick is a Council member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research as well as a member of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators and the American Association of Optometric Educators.

For the past fifteen years Patrick has served as a contributing editor for the Contact Lens Spectrum and is on the editorial board for Contact Lens and Anterior Eye and Eye and Contact Lens Journals. He has published over 300 papers on a wide range of contact lens topics and has lectured extensively throughout the world.

Carmen F. Castellano, O.D., F.A.A.O

Carmen F. Castellano, O.D. is owner of The Koetting Associates, an optometric group practice specializing in contact lenses. He is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry, the Pacific University College of Optometry, the New England College of Optometry and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Castellano is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies and Past-President of the Heart of America Contact Lens Society. In addition, he is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Also, he is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice in Optometry and served as the Benedict Professor of Practice Management at the University of Houston College of Optometry.

He has been a contributing editor for Optometry Today, consulting editor for Optometric Economics, consultant for Practice Strategies of the Journal of the American Optometric Association and has been active on a number of other consulting boards and panels. Dr. Castellano has participated in numerous FDA clinical studies for various contact lens materials, solutions and pharmaceuticals and has lectured and published on many topics related to contact lenses and practice management.

Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO

Dr. Clark Chang is Director of Specialty Lenses at Wills Eye Hospital (Cornea Service), and Director of Clinical Services at TLC Laser Centers. He is also the host of popular podcast show “Chang Reaction”.

After residency training, Dr. Chang completed a 2-year cornea fellowship under guidance of Peter Hersh, MD. With over a decade of research experiences in corneal cross-linking (CXL) and other advanced corneal treatments, Dr. Chang publishes extensively in keratoconus management, innovative contact lens technologies, and modern refractive surgeries. Given his unique academic, research and clinical background, Dr. Chang is invited to lecture in numerous U.S. and international scientific symposiums.

In addition to serving as adjunct faculty at Salus University, he is also an advisory board member for International Keratoconus Academy (IKA), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), and Optometric Cornea Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS).

Greg DeNaeyer, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. DeNaeyer was a co-founder and past president of the Scleral Lens Education Society and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum and a contributor to Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses and Optometric Management. Dr. DeNaeyer has lectured internationally on specialty contact lenses and was the 2012 GPLI practitioner of the year. Currently his primary research is focused on scleral lens design including new wavefront corrected scleral lenses.

S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO

Dr. Eiden is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a multi-specialty group practice with 2 locations in the Chicago area. He is president and founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals, an organization providing education and research to the eye care professions. Dr. Eiden is also co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical research and development of technologies in the eye care field.

Dr. Eiden is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, and UMSL Colleges of Optometry.

He is on the editorial board of numerous professional journals and frequently publishes in the professional literature. Dr.Eiden is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Eiden is a research consultant for numerous contact lens, technology and pharmaceutical companies and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.

Melanie Frogozo, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Melanie Frogozo completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at the University of Houston College of Optometry. After residency, she took a faculty position at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, where she continued to develop her specialty. She is the owner of Alamo Eye Care and the director of the Contact Lens Institute of San Antonio located in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Frogozo's expertise is managing complex corneal conditions with specialty contact lenses in both adult and pediatrics. Her additional professional interests include myopia control, treatment and management of blepharitis, and custom scleral lens design. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a member of the Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric Association and the Texas Optometric Association. Dr. Frogozo enjoys lecturing and is a regular columnist for Contact Lens Spectrum.

John D. Gelles, OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS

Dr. Gelles is the director of the specialty contact lens division at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute-Hersh Vision Group and the CLEI Center for Keratoconus in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Dr. Gelles’ clinical work is dedicated exclusively to specialty contact lenses and surgical co-management with focus on corneal disease (emphasis in keratoconus), ocular surface disease, and post surgical corneal conditions. Dr. Gelles is also the Chief Emerging Technology Officer at CoolDoctors, where his work involves identifying and developing technologies which could be incorporated into the companies eyecare specific telemedicine platform, EyeCareLive, which is purpose built by eyecare professionals for eyecare professionals to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, enhance the range and quality of care eyecare professionals provide, and improve clinical outcomes.

He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is an adjunct clinical instructor for State University of New York College of Optometry and New England College of Optometry. Additionally, he is an optometric consultant, active in clinical research, and is involved in multiple academies, societies, and associations.


Randy Kojima is the Clinical Research and Development Director for Precision Technology based in Vancouver, Canada. He also serves as Research Scientist and Clinical Instructor at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. Additionally, he is a clinical advisor to Medmont Instruments in Melbourne, Australia.

Randy has published numerous articles and submitted posters on various contact lens related topics as well as been a contributing author in a number of text book chapters. He lectures globally and enjoys sharing insights, methods and research with eye care colleagues from around the world.

Randy is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the British Contact Lens Association, the Scleral Lens Education Society and the International Academy of Orthokeratology.

Matthew Lampa, OD, FAAO

Matthew Lampa received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. After graduation he completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Pacific University College of Optometry.

He is currently an Associate Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry where he is involved with specialty contact lens fitting, contact lens instruction, and clinical research. He has also served as a Consulting and Attending Optometrist at the Portland VA Medical Center and is currently an associate in a private practice in Silverton, Oregon.

Karen Lee, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Karen L. Lee is a Clinical Instructor and Director of the PROSE clinic in the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology. She focuses primarily on helping preserve or restore patients' vision through the use of specialty contact lenses and PROSE (prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem) devices. Dr. Lee treats specializes in dry eye, keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post-surgical irregular corneas, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and graft-versus-host disease, among other vision problems. Her main area of research interest is in improving patient quality of life through specialty contact lenses — particularly new designs and technology and the long- and short-term impacts of lens wear.

Dr. Lee graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry and completed a residency in cornea and contact lens at the Southern California College of Optometry. She is a member of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society and Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Treasurer of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She is also a BostonSight PROSE provider. Dr. Lee received the George Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award in 2014 and the Vistakon Clinical Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Award in 2013.

Marsha M. Malooley, OD, FAAO

Dr. Marsha M. Malooley is a 1998 graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Biology. She received her optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2002. After graduation, she completed a residency in corneal disease and contact lenses at the Illinois College of Optometry.

Dr. Malooley has worked for the past 13 years at Chicago Cornea Consultants and currently serves as the Director of Optometric Services. She is a Fellow in both the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society. Dr. Malooley serves as Adjust Assistant Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry in the Department of Community Based Education and is a member of the GP Lens Institute Advisory Committee.

Brooke Messer, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Messer received her doctor of optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry, and subsequently went on to specialize in Cornea and Specialty Contact Lenses by completing a one year residency. She is highly trained in fitting specialty contact lenses for keratoconus, post surgical corneas, and other corneal diseases, as well as multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology contact lenses for myopia control and pediatric contact lenses. Dr. Messer has authored articles for publications such as Contact Lens Spectrum and Review of Optometry, and enjoys teaching other doctors complex contact lens fitting techniques in classroom and clinical settings. Dr. Messer is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society Outside the office, Dr. Messer loves to golf, hike and visit family back in her hometown of Dickinson, North Dakota.

Bruce W.  Morgan, OD, FAAO

Dr. Morgan is a professor at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and is currently serving as the Cornea and Contact Lens Residency Supervisor. Dr. Morgan graduated from Northeastern State University College of Optometry in 1987 and completed the residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1989. He has taught in the areas of Ophthalmic Optics, Contact Lenses and Ocular Disease. Dr. Morgan’s clinical and research interests include gas-permeable contact lenses, keratoconus, and corneal reshaping. He specializes in the design and fitting of orthokeratology lenses for the purpose of non-surgical reduction of myopia and has published research in this area. Dr. Morgan has lectured both nationally and internationally in the area of contact lenses,anterior segement disease and myopia control.

Sheila Morrison, OD, FSLS, MS

Dr. Sheila D. Morrison received her B.Sc. degree from the University of Calgary, AB. She earned her O.D. and M.S. of Vision Science degrees concurrently from the Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO) in Forest Grove, OR. Subsequently she also completed a Post-Doctoral Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at PUCO.

Currently Dr. Morrison is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), where she serves as the Director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service (CCLS). She is also a clinical instructor in the CCLS and is a designated provider for the UHCO Myopia Control Clinic. Her teaching and lecture interests include specialty contact lens and anterior segment related topics and she has research involvement within the Ocular Surface Institute (TOSI). Dr. Morrison is also a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

Stephanie Ramdass, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Stephanie Ramdass is a clinical researcher at the Vision Research Institute and adjunct faculty member at the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO). She completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at the University of Toronto, Canada. She obtained a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, before receiving her Doctorate of Optometry at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry.

Upon graduation from optometry school, she completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at MCO and fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry. Her research interests include myopia control, presbyopic lens designs, and the application of scleral lenses for normal eyes and in tinted form.

Renee E. Reeder OD, FAAO

Dr. Renée Reeder is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and completed a residency in advanced cornea and contact lens management at Indiana University. She is an Associate Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry where she began the contact lens residency program and served as the Chief, Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence at the Illinois Eye Institute for 14 years. She currently is coursemaster for the specialty contact lens, microbiology and anterior segment disease courses, the educational technology committee chair and the coordinator for the ocular disease curriculum. She has been recognized with Dean’s awards for cutting edge teaching and for excellence in leadership. Dr. Reeder is active in research and continuing education in the areas of ocular surface disease, scleral lenses, keratoconus, and other cornea and contact lens related issues. She is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She is an active Lions Club member and currently serves District 1-J Lions as a Zone Chair and the District chairperson for Sight preservation, Awareness and Action.

John Rumpakis, OD, MBA

Dr. Rumpakis is currently President & CEO of Practice Resource Management, Inc., a firm that specializes in providing a full array of consulting, appraisal, and management services for healthcare professionals and industry partners. He has developed some of the leading Internet-based software applications for the medical/eye care field such as® (, the industry leading cloud-based CPT & ICD Code Data and Information Service, and offers personal medical coding consultation through JustAskJohn ( He is also the founder of Opt-ED® Professional Continuing Education ( which creates and delivers top tier continuing education around the country as well as Opt-IN® which provides optometric marketing and promotional services.

Named the Chief Medical Coding Editor for Review of Optometry & Optometric Management, he has been extensively published on the topics of third party coding & billing, strategy development and execution, practice management, team building, maximizing effectiveness and profitability, including the textbook “Business Aspects of Optometry”. Dr. Rumpakis is a popular lecturer both nationally and internationally. In addition to having had a successful solo practice, Dr. Rumpakis developed the practice management curriculum at Pacific University College of Optometry and taught optometric & medical economics there for over a decade.

A 1984 graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry, he served as a volunteer for the AOA for near 17 years and sits on numerous advisory boards, and board of directors for companies both in and out of the ophthalmic industry.

Louise A. Sclafani, OD, FAAO

Louise A. Sclafani, OD, FAAO, a 1989 alumnus of ICO, began her career at the University of Chicago in 1993 where she has been an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Optometric Services. Her main interests include specialty contact lenses, corneal disease, dry eye, aesthetic eye care, glaucoma and corneal surgery co-management. She is a frequent lecturer, author and industry consultant in these areas. She was awarded the status of Diplomate by the American Academy of Optometry in the Cornea and Contact Lens and Refractive Technology section. She is an advocate for the profession and has earned numerous awards and positions including Chair of the AOA Cornea and Contact Lens Section, President of the Illinois Optometric Association, President of Women of Vision, and IOA Optometrist of the Year.

Steve Silberberg, OD

Dr Steve Silberberg is the founder of a group practice, An Eye to the Future. He has always branded his practice using the latest technologies. Dr Silberberg is a frequently published journal author and editor of eye care journals. He is a consultant speaker for Shire pharmaceuticals, Bausch and Lomb pharmaceuticals, and Cooper vision. Most recently he spoke at the American Academy of optometry along with two university deans on Myopia control. Dr. Silberberg speaks locally, and nationally on the subject of Myopia control. His main thrust is to allow the beginning private practitioner confidence in getting into this exciting field. His Myopia control Center in his private practice has treated over 1000 patients with any and all methods available today. He is VP of MOSOP and one of the original trustees of the AADO. Dr Silberberg graduated as departmental valedictorian from SUNY at Stony brook before attending MIT on full scholarship in Planetary Astrophysics. He decided to pursue a career in Optometry, attending SUNY college of Optometry. He graduated class valedictorian along with winning the Beta Sigma Kappa award for vision science, the Fredrick Brock award for excellence in Vision Therapy and the Ester Werner award for academic excellence. Most recently he became partners with Adam and Paul Farkas as owner and coordinator of CEwire and now is one of the principle coordinators of GPLIWire along with them.

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO

Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., FAAO, is a partner in a high-end specialty contact lens and anterior segment practice in Nashville, Tennessee. For over 12 years, he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Eye Institute. Dr. Sonsino is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), past-chairman of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association (AOA), executive board member of the Healthcare Alliance for Patient Safety, a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, board certified by the American Board of Optometry (ABO), past president of the Middle Tennessee Optometric Association, the 2017 Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI) practitioner of the year, the 2017 AOA’s Advocate of the Year, and the 2018 Optometrist of the Year awardee by the Tennessee Optometric Association.

Maria K. Walker, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Maria Walker, OD MS attended The New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Vision Science in 2013. She went on to complete a Residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR.

Dr. Walker is currently a faculty member at The University of Houston College of Optometry, where she teaches in the contact lens lab, lectures in the 2nd and 3rd year CL courses, and is an attending clinician in the CL service. She is also pursuing her PhD at UH, focusing on keratoconus and the effects of scleral lenses on the ocular surface. Dr. Walker is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and is a fellow and a board member of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD PhD is the Associate Dean for Research at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, and he received his Master’s and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. Walline has led several pediatric contact lens studies, and he is the Study Chair of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study, a National Eye Institute-sponsored randomized clinical trial to investigate the myopia control effects of soft multifocal contact lenses.

Stephanie L. Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Stephanie L. Woo was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona and graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry. She completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where she was trained to fit highly irregular corneas. She was the recipient of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence and also the John R. Griffin Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy. Dr. Woo is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society. She authored the Gas Permeable Lens Expert column in Review of Contact Lenses. She authored several articles for the Contact Lens and Cornea section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Woo currently co-authors the GP Insights column for Contact Lens Spectrum, and she is an active GPLI advisory board member. Dr. Woo currently serves as Vice President of the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Woo enjoys lecturing around the world on the subject of contact lenses and anterior segment disease. Dr. Woo owns Havasu Eye Center, Parker Vision Care, and Blythe Vision Care.


Platinum Sponsors

Contamac is a leader in the development of specialist polymers and a major global provider of biocompatible materials for implantable and medical applications to the ophthalmic industry.

Proven products & leading brands.
Contamac is the only manufacturer to offer the full range of contact lens (CL) and intraocular lens (IOL) materials, and is unique in its ability to produce both in the same environment – a clear measure of our higher quality standards. Both factors are the natural product of more than three decades’ experience, a track record of constant innovation and a dedication to customer service. Contamac always delivers more.

For more information about Contamac and its full range of materials, please visit

Specializing in corneal and scleral GP lenses, TruForm is a family owned and operated lab that always strives to provide the ECP with the best service and products available anywhere. Our patented segmented presbyopic lens options offer the best possible acuities for those patients needing bifocals and trifocals. We offer toric and quadrant specific options on all of our corneal and scleral lens designs. Our DigiForm Scleral sets come with BC and Sag values lasered on the lenses, preventing any mix ups during the trial fitting process. They also have our unique built in fit scales. We laser mark every zone change, so that if the trial lens does not provide an optimal fit, you will know exactly where to make any needed changes, this is the TruForm Diagnostic Difference.

Please visit our website,, for fitting guides, archived webinars, and training videos on our specialty designs.

Gold Sponsors

Acuity Polymers, Inc. is a vision care company dedicated to bringing to market the highest quality GP materials for the specialty lens industry. Incorporated in early 2016, Acuity Polymers was created to provide laboratories with a trusted and reliable source for its critical raw materials, at fair prices and dedicated to never vertically integrating to produce finished lenses.

Based in Rochester (NY), Acuity Polymers is developing a full range (low to hyper Dk) fluoropolymers suitable for all types of designs and wearing modalities. These premium products are derived from chemistries that have undergone many years of successful on-eye performance. New materials are in development to bring ever better performance characteristics. All product development follows the quality management system requirements of ISO 13485:2003E.

Acuity Polymers, Inc. received USFDA clearance for Acuity 100 in December 2016 and for Acuity 18 in early 2017. Additional materials are under FDA review. Acuity lenses are available from leading specialty contact lens laboratories in North America. More information at

Specializing in custom GP and soft contact lenses for all types of refractive error, including presbyopia and unique/irregular corneal conditions, Art Optical brings 59 years of expert lens design and precision production experience to every custom lens fit. We maintain the highest manufacturing standards and lead the industry in service, quality and innovation. Our highly successful Renovation lens is the #1 GP presbyopic design on the market, and our extensive portfolio of specialty lens options includes Intelliwave, a series of advanced silicone hydrogel lathe-cut lenses featuring wavefront technology and patented aberration control with virtually unlimited parameter availability. Our latest product introduction is Ampleye, a fully vaulting scleral lens featuring advanced, independent zone control, and inherent scleral toricity for a natural, precise, and simplified scleral fitting experience. Art Optical supports specialty fitters with a large and experienced team of professionally certified consultants, comprehensive risk-free fitting programs, and extensive in-person & online training tools & resources. To browse our entire product portfolio and learn how we can serve your specialty lens practice, visit us today at

Essilor Contact Lens Specialists is dedicated to bringing you the right products, the highest level of consulting & the best technology to fit your toughest patients. We are authorized manufacturer of all materials available in the US, giving you a wide selection to choose from. We combine this with a warranty that allows you to focus on your patients with the confidence that we stand behind you.

GPLI: Your Source for Specialty Contact Lens Education!

At Metro Optics, our mission for over 44 years is to provide eye care professionals with quality contact lens products and expert consultation services to enhance their practices’ profitability and improve the quality of life of their patients. Our comprehensive line of custom soft and GP lens designs aims to help you easily manage any refractive error, presbyope or highly irregular cornea due to surgery or keratoconus. Visit to view our entire product line and see how you can better manage your contact lens patients.

SynergEyes is the only advanced-technology and OD-led contact lens company focused exclusively on the leading independent eye care professional, providing a complete continuum of specialty contact lens products. Brands include Duette® hybrid lenses for astigmatism and presbyopia and UltraHealth® hybrid and SynergEyes VS scleral lenses for more challenging corneal conditions.

Visionary Optics manufactures the Europa Scleral, an enhanced 2nd generation of our highly successful Jupiter Scleral lens design. The Elara Scleral lens is also available, which is a mini-scleral, designed to fit the regular cornea.

The sMap3D is the first wide field corneal and scleral elevation topographer which can map the ocular surface out to 22 mm 360° with under the eyelid scleral measurements. It offers integrated software for fitting and customizing Europa Scleral lenses.

Silver Sponsors

Blanchard is a leading manufacturer and designer of state-of-the-art specialty GP lenses with an array of proprietary designs, including the Onefit Scleral Lens Platform which continues to evolve and transform the industry. The Onefit Sym-Toric lens – a new front surface cylinder design – is turning heads as a game changer for scleral Astigmatic patients. In addition, another exciting Onefit lens design is coming out soon, specifically for highly irregular corneas. Blanchard remains committed to partnering with eye care professionals to offer advanced education and support to ensure their success, and to improve all aspects of the contact lens wearer experience. Learn more at

As a pioneer in scleral lenses, for more than 25 years, BostonSight has been improving the quality of life for patients by transforming the understanding, treatment, and care of the ocular surface. Leveraging scleral anatomy data from approximately 7,000 eyes, BostonSight SCLERAL is the first data-driven, evidenced-based fitting system, and the first with front surface eccentricity options to improve both quantitative and qualitative vision. BostonSight SCLERAL delivers a more intuitive, efficient, and dependable fit right from the start resulting in minimal customizations and reduced chair time.

BostonSight SCLERAL’s Beyond the Fit™ program provides comprehensive support for an enhanced experience including:

  • FitConnect™: An intuitive, web-based fitting and order management system which empowers the practitioner
  • FitAssist™: A lens voucher program reducing financial barriers
  • MyFitReport™: Patient-generated health data (PGHD), with patient-specific feedback, to allow practitioners to evaluate product performance and patient satisfaction

Euclid Systems Corporation is a world leader of Myopia Management and a leading manufacturer of advanced Orthokeratology lens products. Based in Virginia, Euclid is the maker of the popular Emerald™ brand Ortho-K lens which has FDA approval in the U.S.A. as well as regulatory approval in numerous countries throughout Asia and Europe. Multiple clinical studies worldwide by prestigious independent researchers have proven the effectiveness of Orthokeratology, and specifically the Emerald™ lens on slowing the progression of myopia. The Emerald Ortho-K procedure has a unique, empirically fit lens design---no trial lenses required. With a clinically proven first fit success rate of 85% and higher, more eye care practitioners today are choosing Emerald as their Ortho-K lens of choice.

Say goodbye to the discomfort and inconvenience of contact lenses, and say hello to Tangible™ Science, a new kind of company dramatically improving the contact lens experience for eye care providers and patients. Its breakthrough contact lens coating – Tangible™ Hydra-PEG – is designed to improve wettability, lens surface water retention and lubricity, while minimizing deposits and lens fogging for custom scleral and corneal lenses. Tangible Hydra-PEG enables eye care practitioners to better satisfy patients by increasing their wear time and comfort. It also allows them to focus on building their practice, rather than refitting the same patients and dealing with lens returns due to wetting problems. The Tangible Science family of products is built around this novel coating, and will soon include the daily cleaning and monthly conditioning solutions, Tangible™ CLEAN and Tangible™ BOOST, in addition to disposable lenses. Learn more at

X-Cel Specialty Contacts markets specialty disposable, custom soft, and gas permeable contact lenses. Atlantis Scleral is the easiest to fit scleral on the market and offers multifocal and reverse geometry designs. Extreme H2O lenses have outstanding hydration and water retention characteristics which contribute to unsurpassed all-day comfort. Flexlens custom soft lenses are available in virtually any parameter including extended range toric. X-Cel is dedicated to supporting Eye Care Professionals with hands-on training, in-office fitting assistance, and offers an unparalleled professionally certified team of customer service and consultants. To learn more visit us at X-Cel Specialty Contacts is an employee-owned and operated lab with a mission to enrich lives through better vision. We offer the widest selection of contact lenses in the industry to ensure proper fit, visual acuity, and all day comfort enabling Optical Professionals to succeed by improving patient satisfaction.