Dr. Maria K. Walker is a clinical faculty member at the University of Houston College of Optometry and is currently finishing up her Ph.D. studying the effects of scleral lenses on the ocular surface. Dr. Walker is involved in several research projects at the Ocular Surface Institute at the University of Houston, primarily studying scleral lenses and the tear film. Her other research interests include specialty contact lens optics and inflammation with contact lenses. She has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts and is an active reviewer for Contact Lens & Anterior Eye and Optometry & Vision Science. Dr. Walker lectures domestically and internationally on scleral lenses and has won several awards related to contact lenses and research, including the VSP Vision Care Scholarship for Clinical Excellence, the Sheldon Wechsler Contact Lens Residency Award, and she is a two-time recipient of the Ezell Fellowship given by the American Optometric Foundation. Dr. Walker is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an advisory board member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute, a member of the Cornea & Contact Lens Section of the AAO, and is a board member of the International Forum for Scleral Lens Research.
Daniel G. Fuller, OD, FAAO Dipl., FSLS received his BS degree in 1980 from Purdue University and Doctor of Optometry degree in 1984 from The Ohio State University, College of Optometry. He began his career in a hospital-based setting in the US Navy, serving for eight years. He spent 17 years in private practice as owner of a multi-site, solo practice emphasizing medical eye, and specialty contact lens services. His career in academia began in 1987. He holds the rank of Professor, is the Chief, Cornea Contact Lens Service, and founding Supervisor of the Cornea Contact Lens Refractive Surgery residency at The Eye Center, Southern College of Optometry. He lectures nationally, has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers, posters, and performs original clinical research. He is a Diplomate in Cornea Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies section in the American Academy of Optometry, and Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. He has held multiple chairs of leadership serving local, state, and national organizations. He is the current Secretary of the Scleral Lens Education Society and on the Advisory Board to the Gas Permeable Lens Institute.
Dr. Robert Ensley is an Optometrist at Gaddie Eye Centers in Louisville, Kentucky, where his primary specialty is scleral lenses. Prior to joining Gaddie Eye Centers, Dr. Ensley completed a residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry, during which time he received the Sheldon Wechsler Contact Lens Residency Award. In addition to serving as the Treasurer of the Scleral Lens Education Society, Dr. Ensley is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an advisory board member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute, and an active member of the American Optometric Association and Kentucky Optometric Association. He previously co-authored the GP Lens Experts column in Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses and has published and lectured on the topic of scleral lenses.
Dr. Matt Kauffman received his optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) and completed a cornea and contact lens residency at the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry. He is an assistant clinical professor and serves as the director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Clinic at UHCO. Dr. Kauffman is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS), an advisory board member for the Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), and the current public education chair of the SLS. He has published and lectures nationally on the topics of scleral lenses and specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Karen L. Lee is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Prior to joining the University of Houston, Dr. Lee served as Director of the specialty contact lens clinic at the University of California, San Francisco Ophthalmology department. She is a regular contributor to Contact Lens Spectrum and is currently researching the sterility of scleral lens filling solutions. She is a reviewer for Contact Lens & Anterior Eye and enjoys lecturing both domestically and overseas. Dr. Lee is a proud recipient of the George Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award, Vistakon Clinical Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Award, and the Jack Bennett Humanitarian Award. Dr. Lee is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an advisory board member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute, a member of the Cornea & Contact Lens Section of the AAO, a member of the Ocular Surface Society and is the current President of the Scleral Lens Education Society.
Dr. Steve Vincent is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Vincent is a prolific academic and has published over 80 scientific papers, several related to scleral lenses, and his research interests include the visual optics of contact lenses and refractive error development. He is an Editorial Board Member of Clinical and Experimental Optometry and Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. He also served as a board director of the state professional association (Optometry Queensland Northern Territory) for four years, including one term as President. Dr. Vincent serves on Optometry Australia’s Position Statement Advisory Group and Independent CPD Assessment Panel and chairs the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand Examination Eligibility Committee. He is a fellow of the Australian College of Optometry, the American Academy of Optometry, the British Contact Lens Association and the Higher Education Academy.
Daddi Fadel DOptom, FSLS, FBCLA, is a contact lens designer, a Pioneer of modern lens designs, and a specialist in contact lenses. She has 20 years’ experience in optometry and specialty contact lenses and runs an optometric practice specializing in contact lenses in Italy. Dr. Fadel is internationally recognized as a key opinion leader, who has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of specialty contact lenses and is a speaker in national and international symposia. Fadel is a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS), and of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA). She is the Founder and Immediate Past President of Accademia Italiana Lenti Sclerali (AILeS), Co-founder and President of Euro & Austral-Asia Scleral Lens Academy (EASLA), Council of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists (ISCLS), member of the medical advisory board of the International Keratoconus Academy (IKA), Program & Education Chair of The Summit of Specialty Contacts (SSC) and of the Global Ophthalmic Women (GLOW), Board Member of the International Forum for Scleral Lens Research (IFSLR) and of the International Congress of Scleral Contact (ICSC), Clinical Advisor of Myopia Care, International Relations Chair of the Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS), and Member of the International Association of Contact Lens Educator (IACLE). She speaks five languages; Arabic, French, English, Italian, and Greek.