Consultant – Optometrist
Professor Eric Papas (PhD, BSc, Dip CL, FAAO) is a Professorial Visiting Fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Most of his career has been spent in research related to contact lenses and the ocular surface, during which time he was one of the inventors of silicone hydrogel contact lenses and discovered the link between limbal hyperaemia and oxygen. Formerly Executive Director of Research and Development at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Vision CRC, he has worked with all the major companies in the contact lens field and has made significant contributions to the development of several contact lens and lens care products. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters and holds 11 patents. His research interests include ocular discomfort, presbyopia as well as the tear film and the meibomian gland. He serves as Associate Editor for Contact Lens & Anterior Eye and is an Editorial Board Member for Optometry & Vision Science, Clinical & Experimental Optometry and Eye & Contact Lens. A Council Member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research, he is also a member of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Center for Eye Health, UNSW. In 2013 he chaired the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society workshop, sub-committee on the management and treatment of contact lens discomfort. In 2015 he received the Max Schapero Award from the section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry in recognition of his contributions to the field and in 2016 he was recognized by Contact Lens Spectrum as one of the 30 most influential people in the field of contact lenses.