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Meet the Editors

Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO
Editor of Contact Lenses Today and Contact Lens Spectrum.

Dr. Jason J. Nichols is the Kevin McDaid Vision Source Professor at the University of Houston. He teaches coursework on the tear film, dry eye, corneal physiology and contact lenses and he has trained numerous graduate students (MS and PhD) and clinical fellows, including three Ezell Awardees. Dr. Nichols has received research funding from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study dry eye diseases including meibomian gland disease, dry eye and contact lens-related dry eye. He has also received funding from the American Optometric Foundation, in addition to a variety of industrial partners.

Dr. Nichols has authored over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 150 abstracts, and has given over 150 lectures worldwide on contact lenses and ocular surface conditions such as dry eye and meibomian gland disease. He is currently Editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and Contact Lenses Today, and serves on the editorial board for Eye and Contact Lens. Nichols is a dual diplomate in both the American Academy of Optometry's sections of Public Health and Environmental Optometry and Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technology. He is also Chair of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society's Medical and Scientific Advisory Board. His awards include three Ezell Fellowships and the Borish Award from the American Academy of Optometry.

Susan J. Gromacki, OD, MS, FAAO
Contributing Editor Contact Lenses Today

Dr. Gromacki is Chief Research Optometrist at the Keller Community Hospital at West Point, NY. A nationally-recognized clinician, educator and author, she serves as Contributing Editor of Contact Lens Spectrum, Contact Lenses Today, Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses, and Contemporary Optometry. She is a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies section of the American Academy of Optometry. She serves the National Board of Examiners in Optometry as an author and on the Refraction Committee and Part II Council. She specializes in contact lenses, refractive surgery, and anterior segment disease.

Dr. Gromacki has been named to "America's Best Optometrists," the Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in the World, and The Leading Health Care Professionals of the World (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England).

Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO
Contributing Editor Contact Lenses Today

Dr. Mastrota is Center Director of Omni Eye Surgery New York, an optometric referral center. She is a Contributing Editor to Contact Lens Spectrum and the online newsletter, Optometric Physician, as well as Contact Lenses Today. She sits on the Editorial Board of Advanced Ocular Care, Refractive EyeCare and Optometry Times and has authored numerous articles for these as well as other professional publications. She is on the Scientific Board of Directors as well as an advisor to a number of ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies.

With a special interest in ocular surface disease and dry eye, Dr. Mastrota was named Secretary to the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) and is on the Development Committee of the American Academy of Optometry's Anterior Segment Special Interest Group. She has lectured nationally on ocular surface disease and other topics.

Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO
Contributing Editor Contact Lenses Today

Dr. Szczotka-Flynn is Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Director of the Contact Lens Service at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry and Program Chair for the Section. She is on the editorial board for Optometry and Vision Science and is a Contributing Editor for Contact Lens Spectrum and Contact Lenses Today.

Dr. Szczotka-Flynn's research interests include contact lens complications, extended wear, silicone hydrogels, keratoconus, post-surgical contact lens fittings and corneal topography. She has written numerous peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and scientific meeting abstracts, and has presented at conferences world-wide. Dr. Szczotka-Flynn has also been honored with several awards and grants including the Nissel Award from the British Contact Lens Association, two Ezell Fellowships from the American Optometric Foundation, a Female Scholar Award from Prevent Blindness Ohio, and a grant from Prevent Blindness America to support her research in silicone hydrogel related infiltrative complications.

Ronald Watanabe, OD, FAAO
Contributing Editor Contact Lenses Today

Dr. Watanabe is an Associate Professor of Optometry at the New England College of Optometry where he teaches Contact Lenses and is Supervisor for the Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses. He is a Diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry. He also maintains a private practice in Andover, MA.

Dr. Watanabe is a contributing editor to Contact Lens Spectrum and Contact Lenses Today. He has lectured worldwide on various contact lens topics and is author of Clinical Cases in Contact Lenses as well as several book chapters and numerous articles. His clinical interests include specialty GP contact lens design, contact lenses and presbyopia, keratoconus, post-surgical contact lens fitting, orthokeratology, and corneal topography. He has participated in numerous contact lens clinical trials both independently and as a consultant for various manufacturers.