Scleral contact lenses are a powerful tool in the arsenal of the eye care provider and can produce life changing benefits for patients. Their ability to completely vault the cornea and create an artificial cornea-tear film interface allows the eye care provider to re-create an ideal ocular surface. These features make scleral lenses uniquely suited to treat patients with ocular surface disorders, corneal ectasias and ocular trauma. Sclearls also come with unique challenges that must be managed during the fitting process. Many diagnostic technologies and lens manufacturing technologies are continuously being developed to address these challenges. In this episode of VisionTECH we are joined by Dr. Melissa Barnett as we take a deep dive into the latest technologies in scleral lens fitting.
Dr. Barnett is the principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center in Sacramento. She is an 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), a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and serves on the Board of the American Optometric Association (AOA) Cornea and Contact Lens Council, Women in Optometry and (WO) Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) and is 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. Drs. Melissa Barnett and Lynette Johns edited the book Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application with the unique perspectives and contributions of international experts. Dr. Barnett was awarded the inaugural Theia Award for Excellence for Mentoring by Women in Optometry (WO). 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.
Dr. Barnett can be reached on:
LinkedIn: Melissa Barnett
To follow Dr. Barnett’s current projects visit:
Scleral Lens Monthly: The scleral lens newsletter from Contact Lens Spectrum.
You can expect to see Dr. Barnett at the following conferences:
CLASS Symposium in Bogota, Colombia – May 2018
Twin Cities OSD Symposium in Bloomington, Minnesota – June 2018
Optometry’s Meeting in Denver, Colorado- June 2018
iTravelCE in China – July 2018
Vison Expo West in Las Vegas, Nevada- September 2018
East West Eye Conference in Cleveland, Ohio – October 2018
American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas – November 2018
The Global Speciality Lens Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada- January 2019
Dr. Barnett: Consultant/paid speaker for the following companies.
- BAUSCH + LOMB
- JJVC VISTAKON
- GAS PERMEABLE LENS INSTITUTE(GPLI)
- PARAGON BIOTECK
- SCLERAL LENS EDUCATION SOCIETY
- SJOGREN’S SYNDROME FOUNDATION
- STAPLE PROGRAM
- VISIONEERING TECHNOLOGIES
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