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About Edward Bennett

Dr. Ed Bennett is currently a professor and the assistant dean for Student Services and Alumni Relations at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s College of Optometry. Dr. Bennett is currently the executive director of the Gas Permeable (GP) Lens Institute, the educational division of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA), and also currently serves as the chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council of the American Optometric Association (AOA). He is a diplomate and is a past chair for the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry. 

He is also a fellow in the Scleral Lens Education Society and recently inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. He has authored over 200 publications including thirteen texts and has lectured at over 340 scientific and continuing education symposia. He is a recipient of the Dr. Josef Dallos Award (CLMA), the Achievement Award (AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section), the Dr. Leonard Bronstein Memorial Award, the Global Specialty Lens Symposium Award of Excellence, the Annual Kevin Tuohy Memorial Award (CLSA), the University of Houston College of Optometry Award for Distinguished Research on the Cornea and Contact Lenses, the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the American Optometric Foundation Michael G. Harris Award for Excellence in Optometric Education, the National Keratoconus Foundation Ambassador Award, and the Dr. R.A. Koetting Memorial Award from the St. Louis Optometric Society. 

He was named one of the fifty most influential optometrists in America by Optometric Management and recently was honored as one of the thirty most influential in contact lenses in the last thirty years by Contact Lens Spectrum. He is on the Education Committee of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. He is the clinical features editor for Contact Lens Spectrum, an editorial review board member for Review of Optometry, and an editorial board member for the Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses. His research interests primarily pertain to rigid gas permeable contact lenses including scleral and multifocal lenses.


October 2013 - Present Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry
July 1982 - Present Assistant Dean for Student Services and Alumni Relations, University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry


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1971 - 1979 PhD, Indiana University - Bloomington ‐ Optometry

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Phone: 314-516-6258
Fax: 314-516-6708


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