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Presbyopia is a highly prevalent condition, affecting 2.1 billion people worldwide by 2020.(1) In the US alone, presbyopia affects approximately 90 million adults, and approximately one in four patients are seen by optometrists.(2) Presbyopes compose the largest patient population, and 91% of contact lens wearers age 35 to 55 are committed to continuing contact lenses wear.(3) Yet, only 8% of presbyopes wear contact lenses as their primary mode of vision correction.(4) Of this 8%, only 2.2% wear bifocal or progressive contact lenses. Interestingly, 2.7% wear distance contact lenses with or without readers and 3.5% wear monovision contact lenses.

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Melissa Barnett OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Melissa Barnett is a Principal Optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center in Sacramento. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry (ABCMO) and serves on the Board of American Optometric Association (AOA) Cornea and Contact Lens Council, Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) is Immediate Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS). Dr. Barnett is a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and a guest lecturer for the STAPLE program. She was awarded The Theia Award for Excellence for Mentoring by Women in Optometry (WO) in 2016.

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