Melissa Bailey

338 W 10th Ave Columbus, OH 43210-1240

Melissa D Bailey, OD, PhD is a professor at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Optometry and a serial inventor with 30+ U.S. and international patents. She received her doctorate of optometry and PhD in vision science from The Ohio State University. Dr. Bailey was awarded the 2022 Innovator of the Year at The Ohio State University for her work in technology commercialization. Two OSU startup companies have been created to take her inventions to market.

The first company to license technologies from OSU, OcuDoc, Inc., is developing new, patented ways to estimate a patient’s glasses prescription and also measure eye alignment with a smart phone. Both technologies work by using a smart device - with nothing additional attached to it. The company is currently testing this device in clinical trials.

The second company, Lentechs, LLC, has developed a novel, patented, bifocal soft contact lens designed by Dr. Bailey in collaboration with Joseph T Barr, OD, MS, OSU Professor Emeritus. Lentechs, LLC, has finalized its development and completed clinical trials demonstrating the success of the lens design.

Dr. Bailey teaches students in the optometry curriculum at OSU, Contact Lenses I, as well as graduate seminar courses.