New Chief of Cornea and Contact Lens Services

Nicholas GidoshThe University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) welcomes Nicholas Gidosh, OD ’15, as he starts his new role as assistant professor and chief of Cornea and Contact Lens Service (CCLS) at The Eye Institute (TEI).

In his new position as assistant professor, Dr. Gidosh will provide clinical education to PCO students and residents at TEI. Dr. Melissa Trego, dean of PCO said, “We are very excited to welcome Dr. Gidosh back into the PCO family. We look forward to seeing the contributions he will make to contact lens services.”

Dr. Gidosh earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College. He then received his Doctor of Optometry degree from PCO in 2015 where he pursued the Advanced Studies curriculum in specialty contact lens fitting. 

Dr. Gidosh went on to complete a Cornea and Contact Lens residency at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State and returned to TEI as a clinical instructor the following year. Since then, he has presented lectures and workshops in PCO’s Advanced Studies Program and International Program with topics including hybrid lenses, irregular cornea and contact lens fitting.

"I am incredibly excited about educating the future of optometry about the amazing capabilities of specialty contact lenses,” Dr. Gidosh said. “Technologies and innovations are continually driving this area as new designs and applications are developed to better serve our patients.  It is a challenge to stay up to date with everything; however, I am driven to do this to ensure our education program and clinic is on the cutting edge in this area." 

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has served as a clinical investigator for studies involving hybrid, scleral, multifocal, and orthokeratology lenses – presenting lectures and posters at national and international conferences on these topics.

Dr. Gidosh’s current areas of research are in optimizing scleral lens optical and fitting designs for patients with irregular corneas like keratoconus and those with multifocal needs.  He also researches and lectures on myopia (nearsightedness) control strategies particularly orthokeratology as it pertains to patients with astigmatism.  He has managed and lectured to hundreds of children in orthokeratology clinics across China in an effort to combat the growing global myopia epidemic.