Medal Monday: Charles A. Bayshore, OD ’40
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Medal Monday: Charles A. Bayshore, OD ’40

President’s Medal Recipients

Many people have been part of the proud history of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) and Salus University.  Alumni, faculty, and friends of the College helped establish PCO as a pioneer and leader in the field of optometric education and the profession of optometry. The following people - highlighted on Medal Mondays - were honored on May 20, 1995 at the 75th Anniversary Gala Celebration for their outstanding contributions to the College and the field of optometry and vision care.

At the Centennial Gala Celebration on April 27, 2019, additional alumni, faculty, and friends will be honored. 

Charles A. Bayshore, OD ’40, DOS (Hon.)
(New England College of Optometry, ’86) FAAO

Dr. BayshoreDr. Bayshore was internationally known for his pioneering efforts in the development of contact lenses. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania State College of Optometry and his Doctor of Ocular Science Degree from the New England College of Optometry. He had an illustrious career as a researcher, inventor, author, practitioner, and lecturer and developed the Bayshore Technique of contact lenses fitting. He founded a contact lens practice in Orlando, Fla. and was a consultant to many of the major contact lens manufacturers.

Dr. Bayshore was awarded Grand Honours by the Eye Research Foundation, the Herschel Gold Medal by the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists, and the Founders Award by the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry. He received the Distinguished Practitioner Award by the National Academies of Practice and the Contact Lens Person of the Year from the American Optometric Association. He was the first recipient of PCO's John C. Neill Medal in 1981. 

Dr. Bayshore served as President of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists from 1985 to 1988 and was a Diplomate in the Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Bayshore was a adjunct professor of the University of Houston and an officer in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service. He passed away in 2008.