Global Specialty Lens Symposium Announces Change in Education Committee Leadership
AMBLER, PA – FEBRUARY 2018 – PentaVision LLC, parent company of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), announces the appointment of Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, to the position of GSLS education chair. Dr. Nichols will replace outgoing education chair, Craig Norman.
Craig Norman, director of the Vision Research Institute at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, founded the Global Specialty Lens Symposium, originally named the Global Orthokeratology Symposium, 16 years ago. “Craig has been the driving force behind the growth and development of the GSLS, involved in the content and organization of the meeting since its beginning,” said Roger Zimmer, a PentaVision executive vice president and publisher of Contact Lens Spectrum. “Without Craig—and his passion, intelligence, creativity, and sense of humor—the Global Specialty Lens Symposium would not exist.” The GSLS has become one of the two most recognized and respected contact lens meetings internationally, and the most successful one in the United States, covering all aspects of contact lens prescribing and patient care, but with an emphasis on specialty contact lenses.
Jason Nichols is assistant vice president for industry research and professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and has served as editor-in-chief of Contact Lens Spectrum and as a member of GSLS education committee since 2008. “As we enter our 17th year with GSLS, I would like to acknowledge the dedication and clear vision Craig Norman has provided as education chair,” remarked Dr. Nichols. “Under his leadership and guidance, this annual event has continually expanded its educational opportunities and dramatically increased attendance.”
In addition to the change in leadership, GSLS welcomes a new education committee member, Karen DeLoss, OD. Dr. DeLoss is currently serving as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science. She has served as vice chair of the American Academy of Optometry Maintenance of Fellowship Committee, as well as the Fellowship Admittance Committee for the Scleral Lens Education Society. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Cornea, and Optometry and Vision Science. “Dr. DeLoss’ fresh perspectives will continue to propel GSLS into the future as the premier international specialty lens meeting,” said Dr. Nichols.
Each year, the GSLS education committee—which also includes Ed Bennett, OD, MSEd; Pat Caroline; and Eef van der Worp, BSc, PhD—constructs a program that covers every aspect of the specialty lens practice, from fundamentals to post-surgical fitting and patient management issues. Additionally, an international faculty of 50+ experts provides insights into emerging diagnosis and treatment standards.
The 3.5-day comprehensive meeting, hosted by Contact Lens Spectrum, focuses on the latest techniques and technologies for the successful management of ocular conditions using today’s specialty contact lenses. GSLS includes information for vision care professionals in all disciplines, with both surgical and non-surgical options, and is accredited for continuing education under COPE, NCLE, and JCAHPO. In addition, meeting sponsors and exhibitors share new insights and cutting-edge products with attendees.
The most recent GSLS was held January 25-28, 2018 at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Nearly 1,000 participants—including 674 eyecare professionals from 35 countries, plus more than 62 sponsors and exhibiting companies—attended the meeting and praised the course content, meeting management, exhibits, and venue.
Plans are underway for the 2019 GSLS, slated for January 24-27 in Las Vegas. Details will be available in Contact Lens Spectrum and online at gslsymposium.com.
PentaVision is the publishing leader in the vision care market, covering the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, and opticianry. Currently, PentaVision publishes six free-standing magazines: Eyecare Business, Optometric Management, Contact Lens Spectrum, Ophthalmology Management, Retinal Physician, and Ophthalmic Professional. In addition, the company produces two proprietary live conferences, dozens of virtual events, more than 20 subscription-based e-mail newsletters, multiple product websites, and nearly 100 special projects annually in print and online. All of these information conduits are produced and managed at the central office in Ambler, PA by an experienced team of writers, editors, and publishing professionals with roots going back 50 years in the vision care market. For more information, visit pentavisionmedia.com.