Stephanie Schumacher, OD, FAAO (center) has been awarded the Art Optical Specialty Contact Lens Travel Grant.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Art Optical Contact Lens, in partnership with Contamac, has announced another recipient of its Specialty Contact Lens Travel Grant. Based on her case report: “Transplant Prevention – Management of PMD with Ampleye Scleral Lenses”, Stephanie Schumacher, OD, FAAO, of Ontario, Canada, was awarded a $750 travel grant at the recent International Congress of Scleral Contacts meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Schumacher’s passion for specialty lenses goes back to her beginning years in Optometry School at University of Waterloo, where she became “fascinated by the profound and immediate impact specialty lenses, particularly scleral lenses, have on patients’ lives,” Art Optical said.

Her case report highlights the differences between Keratoconus (KCN) and Pellucid Marginal Degeneration (PMD) and discusses why scleral lenses are often superior to corneal GP lenses in the management of PMD.

Dr. Schumacher said, “Specialty lenses are all about customization. We owe it to these patients who have endured so much with their vision to be well informed on their conditions and translate that knowledge into highly specific and well-designed contact lens solutions.”

Dr. Schumacher is a former Cornea and Contact Lens Resident at the Michigan College of Optometry, and now practices at Oakville Trafalgar Eye Center in Ontario, where she is the founder of the Cornea and Contact Lens program and the Department’s lead practitioner.

As dedicated supporters of optometric education, Art Optical and Contamac encourage students, residents and newly licensed ODs with an interest in specialty contact lenses to consider applying for a travel grant to attend a future professional contact lens meeting. Qualification details and grant applications can be requested by contacting Art Optical or clicking here.