Notable Alumnus


Jason J. Nichols OD MPH PhD FAAO
Class of 1999

Jason J. Nichols was the Kevin McDaid Vision Source Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry from 2011-14. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Hope College (1995), and Doctor of Optometry (1999), Master’s in Public Health (2003, epidemiology), and PhD (2004) from The Ohio State University. He was on the faculty at Ohio State between 2004-2011 where he was an associate professor.

Dr. Nichols has trained numerous graduate students and fellows and has received research funding from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study dry eye diseases including meibomian gland disease, dry eye, and contact lens-related dry eye. He has also received funding from the American Optometric Foundation, in addition to a variety of industrial partners. He has authored 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 150 abstracts on these topics. He is currently Editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and Contact Lenses Today®, which reach 50,000 eyecare practitioners worldwide. Dr. Nichols also serves as an associate editor for Eye and Contact Lens and is a diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry’s sections of Public Health and Environmental Optometry and Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technology. He is also Chair of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board and Contact Lens Discomfort Workshop.



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