Joseph Barr, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.
Children and Eye Health
In the midst of the excitement and chaos the holiday season brings, children’s eye care will undoubtedly be one of the furthest things from parents’ minds. However, it is important for parents to keep the health of their youngsters’ vision top of mind and to make children aware of potential dangers. Dr.Joseph Barr, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O. comes on the show to discuss tips to keep kids’ eyes safe this holiday season.
The Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute, established in 2010, is a global initiative designed to provide a broad platform for children’s eye health research, industry outreach, media commentary, and advocacy. At the onset, the Institute will turn its focus to a particular cause – Pediatric Cataract. The Institute joins two other major areas of social investment supported by Bausch + Lomb – community outreach (in our major operating centers) and employee volunteerism.
Dr. Joseph Barr is vice president of Global Clinical & Medical Affairs and Professional Services (Vision Care) for Bausch + Lomb, and an internationally recognized expert in eye health care for both adult and pediatric patients. He is an emeritus professor of Optometry and Vision Science at The Ohio State University. Dr. Barr has served as the associate dean for Clinical Services and Professional Program at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. From 1983 to 1998, he was chief of the Contact Lens Clinical Service, and was chairman of the Clinic Committee/Chief of Optometry Clinical Services from 1986 to 1996. Earlier in his career, Dr. Barr worked at Dow Corning as manager of clinical and material research and head of the company’s lens design team. Dr. Barr was instrumental in the design and testing and of the renowned SilSoft® contact lens for pediatric aphakia.
Dr. Barr is also the emeritus editor of the Contact Lens Spectrum. Serving as editor from 1987 to 2007, he had one of the longest editorial tenures in health care publishing. Dr. Barr holds a combined Master’s degree in Physiological Optics/Fellowship in Contact Lenses from The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Melanie Cole, M.S.