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CooperVision Endowed Faculty Scholar in Myopia Control and Contact Lenses Announced at the UAB School of Optometry

UAB School of Optometry has named Adam Gordon as the CooperVision Endowed Faculty Scholar in Myopia Control and Contact Lenses.

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Adam Gordon, OD, MPH, FAAO (Photo Credit: UAB School of Optometry)

Adam Gordon, OD, MPH, FAAO (Photo Credit: UAB School of Optometry)

(PRESS RELEASE)SAN RAMON, CA — With support from CooperVision, a global leader in myopia management, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry has named Adam Gordon, OD, MPH, FAAO, as the CooperVision Endowed Faculty Scholar in Myopia Control and Contact Lenses. This new faculty position empowers Dr. Gordon to explore related topics of his choice and collaborate with scholars and industry partners around the world.

Dr. Gordon, who is a professor of Optometry, director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service at UAB Eye Care, and chair of the School’s Department of Optometry and Vision Science, is committed to all aspects of cornea and contact lenses, but has special interests in myopia control and the use of medically necessary contact lenses for patients with keratoconus, post-surgical conditions and ocular surface diseases.

“This is an incredible honor, and I am humbled to be the first CooperVision Endowed Scholar at the UAB School of Optometry,” Dr. Gordon said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to hold this position and continue to work with talented faculty, students, residents, and staff. This generous endowment from CooperVision is an investment in the future of contact lens and myopia management education, research, and patient care at the School.”

“When I graduated from the UAB School of Optometry in 1982, I could not have envisioned that myopia would reach global epidemic status and be a major cause of visual impairment and morbidity worldwide,” he shared.

CooperVision and the UAB School of Optometry celebrated the appointment at a dedication event earlier this month, following the announcement of the gift this past spring. In addition to the endowed faculty scholar position, CooperVision’s support extends to research awards for students earning dual doctorate of optometry and master of vision science degrees and practicing optometrists pursuing a doctorate in vision science and conducting research in contact lenses and/or myopia management.

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“We’re grateful to the UAB School of Optometry for how the institution is shaping the future of eye care through research and education,” said Michele Andrews, OD, vice president, professional & government affairs, Americas, CooperVision. “As we address difficult vision challenges, such has childhood myopia, we’re committed to supporting the future of the profession and evidence-based care.”

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