Karen Carrasquillo, OD, PhD, FAAO, FSLS

Doctor Carrasquillo is Director of Clinical Care at the Boston Foundation for Sight, an Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the New England College of Optometry, Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the School of Optometry, MCPHS University, Advisory Board Member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute, fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She has also authored various publications in the therapeutic use of scleral devices and prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface system (PROSE) treatment.

Daddi Fadel, Dip Optom, FSLS

Daddi Fadel Dip Optom, FSLS, is a lens designer and specialist in contact lenses for irregular cornea, scleral lenses and orthokeratology. She speaks five languages; Arabic, French, English, Italian and Greek. She studied optometry at Istituto Superiore di Scienze Optometriche (ISSO) in Rome (1998-2001), a four-year course achieved with honors. She started to lecture and publish in her first year of Optometry school. She has 20 years’ experience in optometry and specialty contact lenses. She runs an optometric practice specializing in contact lenses in Italy where she designs and fits special customized contact lenses. She lectures and publishes nationally and internationally, especially on contact lenses in irregular cornea, scleral lenses, and ortho-k. She is the Founder and President of Accademia Italiana Lenti Sclerali (AILeS), a board member of Accademia Italiana Lenti a Contatto (AILAC), and a Fellow of Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS).

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO is a Principal Optometrist at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She specializes in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses, corneal collagen cross-linking and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She is on the Board of Women of Vision and The Scleral Lens Education Society. Dr. Barnett is a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and has appeared on several television shows. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, yoga and spending time with her husband, Todd Erickson, also an optometrist, and two sons, Alex (7) and Drew (5).

Thomas P. Arnold, OD, FSLS

Dr. Tom Arnold is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. During his training he participated in vision outreach programs in Mexico, Guatemala and with the Bureau of the Indian Health Service. His externship was completed at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Arnold spent two years as a research assistant for the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.  He opened his Today’s Vision practice in Sugar Land in 1992. Currently, Dr. Arnold is the Vice-President of the Board of Today’s Vision Licensing Corporation.

Dr. Arnold is passionate about scleral contact lenses and their ability to help patients struggling with compromised vision related to the cornea.  He is also a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. Dr. Arnold, along with Dr. Nathan Schramm, organized and moderated the inaugural International Congress of Scleral Contacts in Miami Beach, July 2016.   The ICSC was the first meeting in the world dedicated solely to scleral contact lenses.

An international speaker, Dr. Arnold has presented at meetings in the United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Jordan, Columbia, Italy and Russia.