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It is my honor and pleasure to serve as associate editor for the cornea and anterior segment section for When asked to serve in this role by our fearless leader, Dr. Alan Glazier, I wondered what I would be able to contribute to our profession in regard to anterior segment in this format that was in some way different than other professional communication formats out there such as journals, periodicals, e-newsletters, etc.

All I had to do was to look at how ODs on Facebook has changed the way optometrists connect with each other. Alan has dramatically changed how optometrists interact. My professional background throughout my career has always been involved with medicine and ophthalmology. Starting with my residency in ocular disease and continuing on through my academic affiliations and my incorporation of ophthalmology sub-specialties within our optometric practice, I have always been impressed by the interactive nature of traditional medicine (both within ophthalmology and between various medical specialties).

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S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO
Associate Editor, Cornea & Anterior Segment for Dr. Eiden is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a multi-specialty group practice with 2 locations in the Chicago area. He is president and founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals, an organization providing education and research to the eye care professions. Dr. Eiden is also co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical research and development of technologies in the eye care field. Dr. Eiden is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, SUNY and UMSL Colleges of Optometry. He is on the editorial board of numerous professional journals and frequently publishes in the professional literature. Dr.Eiden is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Eiden is a research consultant for numerous contact lens, technology and pharmaceutical companies and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.