Raymond Irvin Myers

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Title: Optometrist, Researcher, Inventor, Clinical Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Missouri – St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Raymond Myers, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Optometry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in optometry.

Prior to the start of his illustrious career, Dr. Myers pursued an education at the University of Notre Dame, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1966. He continued his studies at Indiana University, where he obtained a Doctor of Optometry (OD) in 1970. He also completed a research fellowship at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London between 1977 and 1978. Throughout his career, he credits acclaimed optometrists and ophthalmologists, like Irvin Borish, British ophthalmologist, Montague Ruben, FRCS, and Australian professor Brian Holden as mentors and inspirations.

Dr. Myers started as the director of the education and manpower division of the American Optometric Association, transitioning in 1973 to a role as the manager of international professional services at Bausch & Lomb Inc., where he remained until 1977. He worked in private practice limited to contact lenses in Clayton, Missouri, from 1978 to 1986, and subsequently began in the school of optometry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he remained for nearly 30 years. He currently holds the designation of clinical professor emeritus.  During his tenure, Dr. Myers co-founded the clinical research panel.  He founded the Materials Science Symposium and Chemistry of Contact Lenses between 1988 and 1992. The Symposium continued for another eight sessions at Louisiana State University where he was Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. Since 1980, he was also on the adjunct faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology at Washington University,

A licensed optometrist in Missouri and Illinois, Dr. Myers has written more than 50 articles in various scholarly journals and is the author of the book “30 Year History of the International Society for Contact Lens Research,” published in 2009. Achievements to his credit include 17 U.S. and international patents as an inventor or co-inventor. His prolific list of patents include three for the laser treatment of presbyopia and other refractive errors in the internal ocular lens, the laser treatment for cataract retardation and other eye diseases, and a safer contact lens case for programmed limited use.

Among his greatest achievements has been his role in founding organizations to resolve new and challenging issues. This began in undergraduate school at Notre Dame when as Commissioner of Student Affairs in Student Government, he was able to undertake a variety of popular projects, from Big Screen TV for away football games to a classical concert series.

While in optometry school in the 1960s, Dr. Myers co-founded the American Optometric Student Association, from which he has received the Founders Award fifty years later. In 1978 and in response to the challenging international developments of the invention of the soft contact lens, he co-founded the International Society for Contact Lens Research.

He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Illinois and American Optometric Association, as well as a past president of the Saint Louis Optometric Society and the Southwest Illinois Optometric Association. Currently, he serves on the board of the Optometric Historical Society. As a testament to his success, Dr. Myers was recognized as a Menendez Memorial Lecturer by the Armstrong Research Laboratory at Brooks Air Force Base. He advises aspiring professionals in his field to select their professional involvements carefully, and only to pursue and get involved with what is meaningful including administering to the visual welfare and health of their patients.

Throughout his life, he has most enjoyed finding satisfaction through problem-solving when necessary, seeking new technology or organizations to forward the advancements. He identifies the 1960-1970’s as a particularly fruitful era for creativity and new developments and technologies. Fifty years later, he is now involved with the 50-year celebrations for the American Optometric Student Association, the International Society for Contact Lens Research, the Optometric Historical Society, and a special historical journal issue of the soft contact lens.

As a celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Myers has been featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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