Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA, LDO

Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA, LDO

Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA, LDO, is an associate of the Contact Lens Service of Emory Eye Center. He has been designing, fabricating and fitting contact lenses for more than 25 years. He is involved in visual rehabilitation with and/or management of contact lenses for all indications including keratoconus, corneal transplants, trauma, ocular surface disorders, and after refractive surgery. He has a special interest in dealing with the pediatric population and their unique challenges.

His current research activities include keratoconus, INTACS and pediatric aphakia. He serves as a contact lens consultant for The Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS, a long-term NIH/NEI-funded study. This important study compares visual outcomes of children with monocular cataracts.

National Recognition

Buddy Russell served on the Board of Directors for the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA) and has served in that organization as: CLSA Fellow, 1986; Fellow Committee Member; CLSA University Faculty; and contributing editor for Eyewitness.

He is a member of the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology; the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology; the C.O.T. Flashcard Study Committee; the N.C.L.E. Pass Point Committee for Advanced Level Certification and the N.C.L.E. Board of Directors; the Georgia Opticians' Association; the national Infant Aphakic Treatment Study (IATS), Contact Lens Consultant; and serves on the Vistakon Pediatric Advisory Board. Russell also serves as a reviewer for Cornea.

He was presented the “Ten Years Distinguished Service Award” in 2010 by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and the Oakley Waite Achievement Award in 2008.

Areas of Clinical Interest

  • Corneal disorders
  • Pediatric contact lenses
  • Scleral lenses for ocular surface disease

Certification/Licensure

  • The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology certification as Ophthalmic Medical Technologist #17527, 2006
  • National Contact Lens Examiners advanced level certification, 1999