2022 Dr. Edward S. Bennett GPLI Educator of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Harthan

“For outstanding achievement as an educator in the area of GP and custom soft contact lenses.”

Jennifer S. Harthan, OD is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO). After completing a Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at ICO, she became a full-time faculty member. Dr. Harthan is a Professor at ICO and Chief of the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence at the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Harthan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Scleral Lens Education Society and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the International Keratoconus Academy. Dr. Harthan is a founding member of the SCOPE (Scleral Lenses in Current Ophthalmic Practice Evaluation) research team. She has numerous publications on the topics of complex contact lens fits and anterior segment disease. Dr. Harthan is actively involved in ocular surface disease and contact lens research and lectures on these topics at national meetings.

Jennifer S. Harthan, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 949-7137

Previous Recipients of the Award

  • 2021 – Daniel Fuller, OD, FAAO, FSLS sco.edu