Dr. Loretta Szczotka-Flynn is Professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in the Departments of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences as well as Epidemiology & Biostatistics. She is Director of the Contact Lens Service at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio since 1992. She received her Doctorate of Optometry and Masters of Physiological Optics from The Ohio State University in 1992, and her PhD in Epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University in 2009.
She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and Diplomate in the Academy’s Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies. She has been elected to the leadership of this Section and is currently serving as Vice- Chair. She will assume the role of Chair in November 2014. In order to become a Fellow in the Academy, excellence in patient care or research must be demonstrated. Fellows can be awarded Diplomate status by demonstrating exceptional skill in the area of cornea and contact lenses after rigorous testing and patient care demonstration. She is one of only 200 Diplomates in this section worldwide.
Dr. Szczotka-Flynn also serves on the editorial boards for 2 peer reviewed journals: Optometry and Vision Science and Eye & Contact Lens. She has been a topical editor for Optometry & Vision Science (journal of the American Academy of Optometry) for 9 years. She became Associate Editor for Eye & Contact Lens (journal of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO)) in November 2013. She is also a Contributing Editor for many trade journals in the optometric community including Contact Lens Spectrum, Review of Optometry, CL Today, Optometric Management, and Optometry Times.
Her clinical interests include contact lens complications, extended contact lens wear, silicone hydrogel contact lenses, scleral contact lenses, keratoconus, post-surgical contact lens fitting, pediatric medically necessary contact lenses, corneal imaging including topography and confocal microscopy, and following and fitting patients after corneal transplantation. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer reviewed manuscripts, 11 book chapters, 75 scientific meeting abstracts, and has been invited to present over 160 presentations world-wide. She is a highly sought after speaker in the area of contact lenses and has traveled around the world in that regard.
Her major research interests include contact lens associated corneal infiltrates and keratoconus which have been funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She also received significant funding from the the American Optometric Foundation and industry. She participated in an 8 year study on keratoconus, the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study from 1996 to 2004 where she was Principle Investigator for the site at Case Western Reserve University. She was Principle of a longitudinal study on extended wear complications , the Longitudinal Analysis of Silicone Hydrogel (LASH) Contact Lens Study, also funded by the National Eye Institute and part of her PhD Dissertation. Her other research interests include contact lens related biofilms which are funded in part by Prevent Blindness America and the CLAO Educational Research Foundation. She is currently working along Dr. Jonathan Lass in the Department on the NEI funded Cornea Preservation Time Study where she is Director of the Coordinating Center. This study is currently enrolling up to 1330 participants across 35 centers in the U.S to study the effect of donor preservation time on graft success in endothelial corneal transplants.
Her awards include: Ohio 1997 Young Optometrist of the Year, the Nissel Award from the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) for excellence in Rigid Contact Lens Research in 2000, two Ezell Fellowships from the American Optometric Foundation, the Springer Award and Lecture from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and she was a Prevent Blindness Ohio Female Scholar.
Education & Training
1988, University of Michigan
1992, Ohio State University College of Optometry
Contact Lenses, Optometry
UH Cleveland Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
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UH Landerbrook Health Center
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UH Eye Institute, Ste 306
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As of December 31, 2015, Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.