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.