Dr. Maria K. Walker received her Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry in 2013. She went on to complete a one-year Cornea & Contact Lens Residency at Pacific University in Portland. Throughout her education and early career, Dr. Walker has won several awards including the VSP student clinical excellence award, the Sheldon Wechsler contact lens residency award (2014), and the Founders’ Grant from the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists (2017). She is an active Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow and current President of the Scleral Lens Education Society, as well as an advisory board member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute. We are pleased to have Dr. Walker join the Department of Clinical sciences as an Assistant Professor (tenure-track).
Dr. Walker’s major research interests include anterior segment physiology, scleral contact lens complications, and contact lens optics - specifically for presbyopia and myopia control modalities. She is currently an investigator in the Bifocal Lenses in Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) study, examining the effects of soft bifocal contact lenses in controlling childhood progression of myopia.