Michael A. Ward, MMSc, FAAO

Michael A. Ward, MMSc, FAAO

Michael A. Ward, MMSc, FAAO, is an instructor in Ophthalmology and director of the Contact Lens Service, section of Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Emory Eye Center. He has been managing difficult contact lens cases for over 20 years.

He particular interests are in contact lens management of keratoconus and other corneal ectasia, including visual rehabilitation following corneal transplantation and refractive surgery (RK, PRK, LASIK). Other long-standing interests include ocular microbiology, contact lens care product antimicrobial efficacies and prevention of product-associated ocular inflammations.

National Recognition

Michael Ward is past president of the Contact Lens Society of America and currently serves on their board of directors. He is a recipient of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists' Honor Award, the JCAHPO Faculty Award, and the Beverly Myers Achievement Award. He is an Honored Fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America, a Fellow of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies section of the American Academy of Optometry and member of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association.

His current research activities are concentrated in two areas: continued study of topographical and refractive effects of contact lens wear in patients with keratoconus and antimicrobial efficacies of contact lens care products.

Areas of Clinical Interest

  • Management of keratoconus
  • Scleral lens design
  • Post-refractive surgery rehabilitation
  • Management of irregular astigmatism
  • Management of contact lens care
  • Ocular microbiological complications


  • Postgraduate: Master's of Medical Science, Emory University School of Medicine, with highest honors, Atlanta, GA, 1999
  • Undergraduate: University of Washington (microbiology; undergraduate thesis in ocular microbiology), Seattle, WA, 1978