Instructor in Ophthalmology
Director, Contact Lens Service
Michael A. Ward, MMSc, FAAO, is an instructor in Ophthalmology and director of the Contact Lens Service, section of Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Emory Eye Center. He has been managing difficult contact lens cases for over 20 years.
His particular interests are in contact lens management of keratoconus and other corneal ectasia, including visual rehabilitation following corneal transplantation and refractive surgery (RK, PRK, LASIK). Other long-standing interests include ocular microbiology, contact lens care product antimicrobial efficacies and prevention of product-associated ocular inflammations.
Michael Ward is past president of the Contact Lens Society of America and currently serves on their board of directors. He is a recipient of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists’ Honor Award, the JCAHPO Faculty Award, and the Beverly Myers Achievement Award. He is an Honored Fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America, a Fellow of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies section of the American Academy of Optometry and member of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association.
In 2013, he was named the “2014 Practitioner of the Year,” presented for “outstanding professional expertise in fitting customized contact lenses to benefit patients with improved vision and corneal health and to advance the contact lens field” by the Contact Lens Manufacturer Association’s GP Lens Institute, its education component.
In 2014, he was invited to serve on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Contact Lenses Workgroup, comprising a notable roster of select representatives from the CDC, the contact lens industry, the FDA, private practice and academia. The ultimate goal of the group is reducing incidence of microbial keratitis and other contact lens related complications —especially those relating to poor hygiene and noncompliance.
His current research activities are concentrated in the following areas: (1) continued study of topographical and refractive effects of contact lens wear in patients with keratoconus; (2) antimicrobial efficacies of contact lens care products; (3) visual management of irregular astigmatism following refractive surgery; and (4) specialty scleral lens design and fitting for management of ocular surface diseases.
• Management of keratoconus
• Scleral lens design
• Post-refractive surgery rehabilitation
• Management of irregular astigmatism
• Management of contact lens care
• Ocular microbiological complications
Master's of Medical Science, Emory University School of Medicine, with highest honors, Atlanta, GA, 1999
University of Washington (microbiology; undergraduate thesis in ocular microbiology), Seattle, WA, 1978
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