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David A. Berntsen, OD, PhD, FAAO selected for UHCO Professorship

By: Posted On: 10/22/2018

David A. Berntsen, OD, ’02, PhD, FAAO, has been selected as the Golden-Golden Professor at UHCO.  Dr. Berntsen is an Associate Professor at UHCO whose research interests include myopia, contact lenses, and aberrations of the eye. The professorship was endowed in 2010 by Dennis Golden, OD, ’77, and Dixon Golden, OD, ’77.

About David A. Berntsen, OD, PhD, FAAO
David A. Berntsen, OD, 02’, PhD, FAAO completed his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2002 at the University of Houston College of Optometry in Houston, TX. He then completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Advanced Practice Fellowship at The Ohio State University College of Optometry in Columbus, OH. The fellowship program combined a two-year residency with a Master of Science degree in Vision Science, which Dr. Berntsen completed in 2004. He then completed a PhD in Vision Science at Ohio State in 2009.

Dr. Berntsen conducted the Study of Theories about Myopia Progression (STAMP), a two-year clinical trial evaluating theories of juvenile-onset myopia progression, which found evidence for an association between peripheral myopic defocus and slowed myopia progression in children. Dr. Berntsen is the Principal Investigator of the University of Houston clinical site for the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study, a multicenter randomized clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute. The BLINK Study is a collaborative effort between the University of Houston and The Ohio State University to determine the effect of soft bifocal contact lenses on myopia progression in children.

In addition to teaching in the graduate and professional programs at UHCO, Dr. Berntsen has given over 30 invited lectures. In his career, he has been part of 120 published articles, papers, and abstracts and has received numerous accolades from the University of Houston, The Ohio State University, and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation.