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Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD

Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD



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  • Director, Contact Lens Service, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Director; Vision Research Coordinating Center, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Dr. Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, is a professor in the Case Western Reserve University Departments of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences as well as Population & Quantitative Health Sciences. She is director of the Contact Lens Service at the University Hospitals Eye Institute 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 where she is past chair of the section. 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. She is also on the Council of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and on the Board of the International Keratoconus Academy.

Dr. Szczotka-Flynn currently serves on the editorial board for the peer reviewed journal Eye & Contact Lens. She has been a topical editor for Optometry & Vision Science (journal of the American Academy of Optometry) for 12 years. She became associate editor for Eye & Contact Lens in 2013. She is also a contributing editor for many trade journals including Contact Lens Spectrum and Review of Optometry.

Clinical Interests

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 80 peer reviewed manuscripts, 13 book chapters, 100 scientific meeting abstracts, and has been invited to present over 200 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.

Research Interests

Dr. Loretta Szczotka-Flynn is recognized as an Expertscape Expert in Contact Lenses for being in the top 1% of scholars with published work about Contact Lenses over the past 10 years. Her major research interests include contact lens associated corneal inflammation and infection, keratoconus, and corneal transplantation 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 American Optometric Foundation and industry. She participated in an eight-year study on keratoconus, the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study from 1996 to 2004 where she was principal investigator for the site at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals. She was principal investigator of a longitudinal study on extended contact lens wear complications, the Longitudinal Analysis of Silicone Hydrogel (LASH) Contact Lens Study, also funded by the NEI and part of her PhD Dissertation. Her other research interests include contact lens related biofilms which were funded in part by Prevent Blindness America and the CLAO Educational Research Foundation. She recently completed, along with Dr. Jonathan Lass in the Department, the NEI funded Cornea Preservation Time Study where she was Director of the Coordinating Center. This study enrolled 1,330 participants across 40 centers in the U.S to study the effect of donor preservation time on graft success in endothelial corneal transplants. Twelve publications in high profile journal have resulted from this work changing eye banking and keratoplasty practices. In 2018-19 she was funded by NEI and Alcon Laboratories to study the genetic susceptibility to contact lens associated microbial keratitis, together with colleague Sudha Iyengar, PhD.

Other Notable Achievements

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, Prevent Blindness Ohio Female Scholar, British Contact Lens Association KeyNote speaker in 2015, and the Korb Award Recipient for Excellence in Contact Lens Education and Research from the American Optometric Association in 2015. She is one the 30 Most Influential In the Field of Contact Lenses Worldwide in the past 30 years as listed by Contact Lens Spectrum in 2016, one of the Top 250 Optometrists in the country as identified by Primary Care Optometry News, and The Ohio State University College of Optometry Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2017.


  • Contact Lenses
  • Dry Eye
  • Keratoconus
  • Optometry

Languages Spoken

English, Polish

Office Locations

CMC Bolwell Ste 3200

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

UH Landerbrook Health Center

5850 Landerbrook Dr
Mayfield Heights OH, 44124

UH Westlake Health Center

950 Clague Rd
Westlake OH, 44145

Patient Experience Reviews

4.5 out of 5

67 Ratings

Patient Comments (13)

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Dr. Szczotka is wonderful and amazing.

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Excellent provider, good staff working in the office. ***

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Dr S F was very thorough

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
This visit was my first time seeing this particular provider. Dr. Flynn had some familiarity with my medical history and was able to answer my questions. I would like to say the receptionist and tech and other staff were extremely helpful and fast in assisting me. My biggest issue with the visit was my almost 2 hour wait to see the provider.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Dr. Szczotka is one of a very few doctors in the area who are skilled at treating keritakonis and probably is the best in her field. I trust her completely with my eyes.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Dr. Loretta Szczotka-Flynn is amazing. Her refractions and contact lens fittings are almost magic. I have referred friends to her. They were satisfied and continue with her.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Dr. Shotzka is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable and was able to fit me in contacts. I'm a very difficult case and she took the time and was patient. She did an excellent job. Highly recommend,

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
The eye doctor is very kind knows what she's doing very skillful.

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
Good experience.

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
Generally good, efficient. I initially saw an intern prior to the provider. He was professional and seemed very knowledgeable.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Dr. Szczotka is absolutely amazing and her care is brilliant.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Excellent experience . Dr Sczhotka is outstanding the best optometrist ***

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Dr. Flynn and her staff are always kind and courteous. I've been going to her for 20 years and always highly recommend her.


Other Education
Case Western Reserve University (2010)

Professional Education
The Ohio State University College Of Optometry (1992)

Other Education
The Ohio State University (1992)

University Of Michigan (1988)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Loretta Szczotka-Flynn did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.