Dr. Lindsay HarrisDoctor of Optometry (O.D.)

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Dr. Lindsay, Harris Assil Eye Institute

About Dr. Lindsay Harris

Dr. Lindsay Harris was born and raised in Port Royal, a small town in central Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate work at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA where she was magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.

 

Dr. Harris continued her education at Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she received another bachelor’s degree in vision sciences and then a doctorate of Optometry. While at the college, she served as an ambassador to the school and a tutor for her fellow professional colleagues. Her clinical and classroom work yielded academic achievement awards and bid her membership in the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.

 

She completed clinical rotations during her fourth year at a few private practices in addition to the William Feinbloom Low Vision Rehabilitation Center and Hahneman Hospital in Philadelphia.

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Dr. Harris went on to complete a residency in primary care and geriatric optometry at the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration. This added year of education provided her with a specialty in the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases. During the residency, she instructed students from Southern California College of Optometry on clinical performance, lectured at the VA hospital and nursing home, and organized grand rounds programs.

Dr. Harris is certified in diagnostic and therapeutic medical privileges both in California and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Association of VA optometrists, American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, and the California Optometric Association.

 

At the Assil Eye Institute, Dr. Harris provides comprehensive eye care examinations, treatment and management of ocular diseases, as well as pre and postoperative care for cataracts, LASIK, and corneal transplants. She specifically works with Dr. Assil in preparing pre-surgical plans for all of his intraocular lens procedures. She is extremely excited to continue her clinical and academic growth with such a talented group of professionals at the Assil Eye Institute.

 

Dr. Harris enjoys hiking, running and working out on most, but as clearly states “not all days!” She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

 

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eduCATION

Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO), Fullerton, California

Geriatrics and Ocular Disease Residency, June 2006

West Los Angeles Veterans Administration

 

Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO), Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Doctor of Optometry, May 2005

Bachelor of Science, Visual Science, May 2002

 

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science, Biology, May 2001

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION

  • California Board Certified Optometrist with full licensure in DPAs
  • Therapeutic Management of Ocular Disease (T.M.O.D.) Certified
  • Lacrimal Irrigation and Dilation Certified
  • Glaucoma Certified
  • Bleph-Ex Certified
  • Pennsylvania Board Certified Optometrist with full licensure in DPAs
  • Therapeutic Management of Ocular Disease (T.M.O.D.) Certified
  • Glaucoma Certified. Inactive Status

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

Medical Optometrist

Assil Eye Institute, Beverly Hills, CA. July 2006-present

  • Manage refractive surgery patients (LASIK, PRK, epi-LASIK, LASEK, Verisyse) pre and post surgically
  • Provide care for patients having corneal transplants or pterygium surgery
  • Manage refractive cataract surgery patients pre and post operatively including patient education on toric, monofocal, and multifocal lens designs
  • Review cataract surgery plans and aid in selecting IOL powers and LRI patterns
  • Treat chronic dry eye syndrome with Dry Eye Light Impulse Therapy (DELIT)
  • Follow and treat glaucoma patients with sequential diagnostic testing
  • Fit Wavetouch contact lenses using the iTracey Wavefront mapS
  • Manage refractive surgery patients (LASIK, PRK, epi-LASIK, LASEK, Verisyse) pre and post surgically
  • Provide care for patients having corneal transplants or pterygium surgery
  • Manage refractive cataract surgery patients pre and post operatively including patient education on toric, monofocal, and multifocal lens designs
  • Review cataract surgery plans and aid in selecting IOL powers and LRI patterns
  • Treat chronic dry eye syndrome with Dry Eye Light Impulse Therapy (DELIT)
  • Follow and treat glaucoma patients with sequential diagnostic testing
  • Fit Wavetouch contact lenses using the iTracey Wavefront mapS

 

Study Coordinator and Sub-investigator for FDA trials

Assil Eye Institute, Beverly Hills, CA. May 2007-present

  • Communicate with the sponsor directly for the purpose of finding suitable candidates for enrollment in over 10 various trials
  • Exam and document all ocular data during the study into case report forms
  • Prepare and fax all patient consent forms, case report forms, IRB forms, protocols, and all other pertinent paper work or images
  • Generate reports on patients involved in other “in-house” studies

 

Optometric Resident, Geriatrics/ Ocular Disease

Southern California College of Optometry/ VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Pauline Ilsen, O.D., David Bright O.D.

 

Ocular Disease Residency. June 2005- June 2006

  • Administered bedside examinations in the hospital and nursing home
  • Served as a preceptor for Southern California College of Optometry interns
  • Gained extensive knowledge in posterior segment disease through staffing students and independently seeing patients in the diabetic and low vision clinics
  • Acquired a broader understanding about corneal disease and fitting medically necessary contact lenses
  • Wrote a case report entitled “Diabetic Optic Neuropathy” for thesis project
  • Proficient in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS)

OPTOMETRIC EXPERIENCE

Private Practice Rotation

Jay Schlanger, O.D. Los Angeles, California.

Optometric Extern, March 2005- May 2005

  • Co-managed refractive surgery patients
  • Adept in fundus photography, corneal topography, and HRT testing
  • Fit patients with RGP and soft lens designs.
  • Gained knowledge about vision insurance coding and optical ordering

 

Disease Rotation

Martin Novey, O.D. The Katzen Eye Group, Towson, Maryland

Optometric Extern, December 2004 - February 2005

  • Co-managed patients pre and post-surgery (cataract, LASIK, and glaucoma procedures)
  • Managed patients with anterior and posterior segment pathology
  • Proficient in Electronic Medical Records Database System (EMR)

 

Low Vision Rotation

Low Vision Rehabilitation Center, The Eye Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 September 2004 - November 2004 

  • Administered low vision examinations to patients with special needs
  • Demonstrated use of low vision devices (microscopes, telescopes, and CCTVs)
  • Facilitated vision rehabilitation sessions (lighting, contrast, orientation and mobility)

 

Pediatric Rotation

Pediatric and Binocular Vision Center in The Eye Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Brandy Scombordi, O.D.

Optometric Extern, September 2004 - November 2004

  • Created and implemented a vision therapy program for patients with various deficiencies in ocular motor functions
  • Recorded and evaluated accommodative, perceptual, and binocular testing
  • Managed patients with amblyopia and strabismus

 

Hospital Rotation

O.D. Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Neymours Eye Clinic, Wilmington, Delaware.

Elliot Werner, M.D., Myron Yanoff, M.D., and Richard Bennett

 

Optometric Extern, June 2004 - August 2004.

  • Gained extensive experience in managing complicated glaucoma cases
  • Participated and observed cataract and glaucoma surgery
  • Acquired knowledge in the use of diagnostic and therapeutic drugs

 

Primary Care Rotation

Jon Vogel, O.D. Village Eyes Optometry, Los Angeles, CA

Optometric Extern, January 2004 - May 2004

  • Independently performed comprehensive eye exams to patients of all ages
  • Fit various soft, toric, multifocal, and rigid gas permeable contact lenses
  • Co-managed patients fit with ortho-keratology lenses

 

Clinical Care Rotation 

The Eye Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Connie Chronister, O.D. Chief of Module II

Optometric Intern, September 2002 - December 2003

  • Gained extensive knowledge about various retinal diseases
  • Provided care in specialty services including the optical center, glaucoma clinic, contact lens clinic, low vision rehabilitation, emergency clinic, and pediatrics
  • Participated in satellite practices and multiple community based vision screenings at schools, businesses, and community organizations

 

Clerkship

Family Eye Care, Lansdale, PA

Arnold Bierman, O.D.

June 2002

  • Responsible for all patient histories, entrance testing, and Humphrey visual fields
  • Assisted with all ophthalmic eyewear ordering, dispensing, pricing, and labeling
  • Proficient with insurance billing information

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Assil, K., Harris, L. “Randomized Comparison of a Transversal Ultrasound vs. a Torsional Handpiece in Phacoemulsification: A Contralaterally-Controlled Trial”, Poster presentation at The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Fort Lauderdale. May 2012
  • “Grand Rounds: Surgical Repair and Management of the Eye”, Lecture at the Assil Eye Institute for optometry continuing education. March 2011
  • “Cornea Transplants: Grand Rounds”, Lecture at the Assil Eye Institute for optometry continuing education. September 2010
  • Ilsen, P., Harris, L. Diabetic Optic Neuropathy. A Case Report. Accepted to American Optometric Association Meeting. June 2007
  • Kwong, S., Harris, L., Ilsen, P. “Cicatricial ectropion with squamous cell carcinoma: a case report”. Accepted to American Optometric Association Meeting. June 2007
  • Kwong, S., Harris, L., Ilsen, P. “Cicatricial ectropion with squamous cell carcinoma: a case report”, Poster presentation at the American Academy of Optometry in Denver. December 2006
  • “Diabetic Papillopathy”, Lecture at the Southern California College of Optometry for Student Block Lectures. February 2006
  • Photorounds on Congenital Anomalies. Given at the West Los Angeles Medical Center for the Southern California College of Optometry interns. January 2006
  • Photorounds on Optic Nerve Disease. Given at the West Los Angeles Medical Center for the Southern California College of Optometry interns. January 2006
  • “Diabetic Retinopathy”, Lecture at the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Hospital for the Diabetic Clinic. November 2005
  • “Common Eye Diseases in the Elderly”, Lecture at the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Nursing Home for a didactic session. November 2005
  • Photorounds on Retinal Emboli. Given at the West Los Angeles Medical Center for the Southern California College of Optometry interns. December 2005
  • “Transfection of Neonatal Rat Fibroblasts,” Poster Presentation displayed during Susquehanna University’s Scholars Day and presented as a talk at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. April 2001.

HONORS / AWARDS

  • Transcendental Meditation Certificate, 2019 
  • Life Coaching Scholarship, Life Creations Education, 2012
  • Pediatrics Award for excellence in binocular vision problems, PCO, 2004-2005
  • H. L. Goldberger Memorial Scholarship for academic achievement, PCO, 2003-2004
  • CIBA Vision Scholarship for academic achievement, PCO, 2002-2003
  • Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society Member, PCO, 2002-2007
  • Carrell Family, Inc. Board of Directors Scholarship, PCO, 2001-2005
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society Member, Susquehanna University, 1998-2001
  • Valedictorian Scholarship, Susquehanna University, 1997-2001
  • Dean’s List Honors, Susquehanna University, 1997-2001
  • Susquehanna Scholarship for academics, Susquehanna University, 1997-2001

SERVICES / ACTIVITIES

  • Los Angeles planning committee for Curry Family Reunion, 2012
  • Participant in Maybach eyewear event at Optometrix Beverly Hills, 2011
  • Participant and fundraiser for Los Angeles MS walk, 2011
  • Volunteer for YMCA Vision Screenings, 2008
  • Member of the American Optometric Association, 2007-2008
  • Member of the National Association of VA Optometrists, 2005-2006
  • Member of the American Academy of Optometry, 2005-2007
  • Member of the California Optometric Association, 2006-2008
  • Los Angeles County Science Fair Judge, 2005
  • Volunteer at the New Jersey Special Olympics, 2004-2005
  • Member of the National Optometric Student Association, 2002-2005
  • Member of the American Optometric Student Association, 2001-2007
  • Member of the social and fundraising committee for the class of 2005, 2001-2005
  • Member of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry Lion’s Club, 2002
  • Co-Chair for Pennsylvania College of Optometry Student Orientation Program, 2002
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry Tutor and Mentor, 2002-2004
  • Winner of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry Idol, 2003

 

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