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Louis J. Catania, O.D., FAAO., D.Sc. (Hon.)

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Dr. Louis J. (Lou) Catania is an internationally acclaimed clinical educator, author and a recognized expert in corneal disorders and new eye care technologies.  He has lectured extensively in all 50 states and in over 50 international countries.   After graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1969, he completed a 2-year residency in primary eye care and anterior segment disease with the University of Rochester, School of Medicine’s Associated Hospital Residency Program where he also taught primary care optometric and medical interns and residents for 8 years.

Dr. Catania has served as senior clinical consultant for Nicolitz Eye Consultants for the past 15 years.  He has been a clinical practitioner for over forty-five years; has served on faculties at numerous educational institutions as well as having served as Chief of Eye Services for two large medical groups in Rochester, N.Y. and Philadelphia, PA.  He continues to do clinical research on numerous developing eye care technologies; serves as a consultant and advisor to Marco Ophthalmic and J&J Vision Care; and continues to publish extensively in professional journals.  Besides multiple, worldwide distinguished service awards, he was voted one of the 10 most influential optometrists of the 20th century by the Review of Optometry Journal.

Volunteer service has become Dr. Catania’s passion.  He actively serves on the Sea Turtle Patrol of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC); the National Parks Service (NPS); the St. John’s River, Friends of the Ferry; The City of Atlantic Beach; and he lectures regularly for the University of North Florida, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).