Notable Alumnus


LaMar Zigler, OD MS
Class of 1981

Dr. LaMar Zigler is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he completed his OD and MS degrees simultaneously in 1981. He chaired the Contact Lens Committee of the Ohio Optometric Association from 1987 to 1990, which featured the annual Contact Lens Education Meeting in Columbus every January. He helped develop the EastWest Eye Conference in 1994 and chaired the meeting until 1996. He then chaired the Education Committee of EastWest from 2003 to 2005. He currently serves as chair of the contact lens track and round table discussions for the EastWest CE committee.

He was a member of the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Continuing Education committee from 2008 to 2010. He chaired the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section in 2011-2012. He is a fellow of The American Academy of Optometry. He has been a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Optometry since 1981, teaching in the clinics as well as serving as a preceptor for the primary care extern program since its inception.

He has two private practices in Columbus, Ohio with his nephew, Travis (OD’10), his nephew’s wife, Jenna (OD’11), and his youngest son, David (OD’14) all Ohio State Optometry Graduates. He has been the Principal Investigator on 136 FDA clinical trials and has served on advisory boards and speakers bureaus for many manufacturers. He lectures nationally on contact lenses, sports vision, primary care, refractive surgery, and practice management.

He was honored with the distinguished service award from the Ohio Optometric Association in 1999 for his work on EastWest. He was inducted into the National Academies of Practice for distinguished practitioners in 2004. He has enjoyed mentoring over 200 optometry student employees, pre-optometry students, and externs in his 32 years of private practice. He is a proud life member of both the Ohio State University Alumni Association and Optometry Alumni & Friends.



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