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MBKU’s Dr. Tim Edrington Receives AOA Contact Lens/Cornea Achievement Award

Yes, I’m shamelessly horn-tooting! Our own Dr. Tim Edrington, a favorite of students, has won an award for contributions he has made to the field of cornea/cornea contact lens. He first joined SCCO in 1978. He served this last year on the Admissions Policy Committee where I got to know him even better. He does many applicant interviews for us every season.

He’s a fine example of the excellent faculty we have on board!

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The AOA recognizes Tim Edrington O.D., M.S., FAAO, Professor and Chief of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service at MBKU

Dr. Tim Edrington receives American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section Achievement Award

The AOA recognizes Tim Edrington O.D., M.S., FAAO, Professor and Chief of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service at MBKU’s University Eye Center at Fullerton for his outstanding contribution to the optometric profession in the area of contact lenses and eye care.

FULLERTON, CA. – Dr. Edrington was presented with the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section Achievement Award at the 118th Annual AOA Congress & 45th Annual AOSA Conference in Seattle, WA last week.

“Dr. Edrington has significantly helped to advance and propagate knowledge in the field of contact lenses,” said Stanley Woo, O.D., M.S., M.B.A., FAAO, Dean, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. “He’s a dedicated professor and teaches contact lenses to students, interns, residents and clinicians while exemplifying the quintessential clinician and academician.”

Dr. Edrington received his Bachelors and Doctor of Optometry degrees from Indiana University, and a Master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. He also spent time in private practice in Illinois, Texas and California. A faculty member at SCCO since 1978, Dr. Edrington has served as the Chief of SCCO’s Cornea and Contact Lens Service for 18 years.

Tim Edrington O.D., M.S., FAAO, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies Section. He has authored more than 40 published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, over 70 additional published articles, over 100 published research abstracts and 10 book chapters in the area of cornea and contact lenses.

Dr. Edrington served on the Executive Committee of the multi-center CLEK study funded by the National Eye Institute, he was the initial recipient of the Dr. Richard Hemenger Faculty Research award in 2001, and he also served as a consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the United States Food and Drug Administration.

“MBKU is proud to have Dr. Edrington as a member of our esteemed faculty,” said University President, Kevin Alexander, O.D. Ph.D. “This honor is bestowed on only one doctor every year and I couldn’t think of a better recipient than Dr. Tim Edrington to receive this year’s award.”

Optometry’s Meeting® is the official annual meeting of the American Optometric Association and the American Optometric Student Association. The AOA represents approximately 39,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the U.S.

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