Notable Alumna

Christine Sindt, OD
Class of 1994

Dr. Christine W. Sindt is a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She completed a disease-based residency at the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Sindt joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 1995, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director of the Contact Lens Service. She also serves as a consultant optometrist for the Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Sindt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the 2010-2011 Chair of the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Contact Lens and Cornea Section, Past President and founding member of Women of Vision, and Past President and co-founder of the Scleral Lens Education Society. In 2005, she received the Dr. Rodger Kame Award for service and dedication to the profession from the AOA’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. In 2011, the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association named her the Practitioner of the Year. In 2013 she received a Legends Award for contributions to the culture of contact lenses through leadership and dedication, from the AOA’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section.

Dr. Sindt is Chief Clinical Editor for Review of Optometry and an Associate Editor for Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, where she contributes a monthly column on contact lens solutions. She also serves on the Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board and is a Contributing editor for Contact Lens Spectrum.

She has published 100 publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, contact lens columns, CD-ROMS, videos, and web publications. Her work has been cited in the popular media by the LA Times and Good Housekeeping. She has been an invited speaker at conferences in 25 states and five countries.

Dr. Sindt’s clinical interests include pediatric, keratoconus, and post-surgical contact lens fitting. Her research projects include contact lens solution research; the design of scleral contact lenses for the correction of keratoconus/pellucid marginal degeneration; computer-guided fitting for keratoconus; dry eye aberrations; the effect of contact lens wear on immune cell density and morphology of the ocular surface; and corneal imaging with confocal microscopy. Dr. Sindt holds both a national and international patent on automated corneal confocal analysis and has a patent pending status for a prosthetic lens design. Dr. Sindt has started two companies related to the field of ocular health and optics.

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