Notable Alumnus


Richard E. Weisbarth, OD FAAO
Class of 1980

Rick Weisbarth is a proud member of The Ohio State University College of Optometry Class of 1980. His Ohio State undergraduate and optometric education provided a strong foundation for his professional career and involvement in the optometric profession. Following graduation, he completed the Contact Lens Practice Residency Program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Optometry. Next, he was in private practice in Tampa, FL for a short while. Most of his optometric career has been spent working in industry at CIBA Vision and Alcon Laboratories in the United States and Switzerland. There he has held a number of different positions in Clinical Research, Professional Development & Partnerships, and Professional Services. Currently, he is Vice President, Professional Affairs for Alcon and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Weisbarth has published and lectured internationally on a variety of contact lens and lens care related topics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in its Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies. Dr. Weisbarth served on the Academy’s Executive Council and Board of Directors and was President of the Academy in 2007 - 2008. Additionally, he is a Past Chairperson of the Contact Lens Institute (CLI) and current Chair of the National Academies of Practice in Optometry (NAPO).

He and his wife, Pam, reside in Mansfield, Texas. They have two grown children, Tyler and Kristen. In his spare time, he enjoys landscaping, carpentry, and spending time with his family.



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