Karla Zadnik


Contact Information

Postal address: 
320 W 10th Ave Room A400 Starling Loving Hall Columbus, OH 43210

Biographical narrative

Karla Zadnik is the Glenn A. Fry Professor of Optometry and Physiological Optics and Dean at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She received her OD and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. She has chaired the Biomedical Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Ohio State for the last ten years. Professor Zadnik is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and served as the Academy’s President in 2011-12. She received the American Optometric Foundation’s Glenn A. Fry Award in 1995. She served on the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Institutes of Health from 2000 to 2004. Dr. Zadnik was the Study Chairman for the NEI-funded Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study and chaired the first-ever NEI-funded multicenter study based in optometry, the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study from 1994 through 2007. She received a Distinguished Scholar Award from Ohio State in 2010.


  • Distinguished Scholar Award, 20100101 - 20100101
  • Morgan Memorial Lecturer, 20070101
  • Purnell Visiting Professor, 20060101 - 20060101
  • commencement speaker, 20060101
  • Alumnus of the Year, 20060101
  • Commencement speaker, 20060101
  • Honorary Doctor of Optometry Science Degree (and commencement speaker), 20050101
  • Inagural Bausch & Lomb Visionaries Recognition Award (the only optometrist among the 5 awardees), 20040101
  • James M. Siddens Award for Faculty Advising, 20030101
  • Galileo Award, 19980101
  • Distinguished Scholar, 19980101
  • Establishment of the Karla Zadnik Educational Fund, 19970101
  • Glenn A. Fry Award, 19950101
  • Rosalie M. Stern Award, 19940101
  • Optometrist of the Year, 19930101
  • Optical Society of America Travel Fellowship to the Non-Invasive Assessment of the Visual System Topical Meeting, 19920101
  • Visiting Professor, 19910101
  • Non-Invasive Assessment of the Visual System Travel Fellowship, 19910101
  • Program Committee Travel Fellowship to the American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting, 19900101
  • Frank W. Weymouth Student Travel Fellowhip to ARVO, 19900101
  • Young O.D. of the Year, 19890101
  • Young O.D. of the Year, 19890101
  • Student Researcher Award, 19860101
  • Fellow, 19840101
  • Outstanding Achievement in Contact Lenses, 19820101
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 19800101
  • Vision Care Award, 19660101
  • President Elect, American Academy of Optometry (AAO),