Louis J. Catania, O.D.

Louis J. Catania, O.D. Louis J. Catania, of Florida, has been one of the most widely-regarded proponents and leaders of the transition from optometry as it was practiced in the 1970s to the primary eye and vision medical health profession that is today in the 21st Century. Dr. Catania was a pioneer in post-graduate residency education, and the expansion of the scope of optometry to not only diagnose, but treat eye disease.

An internationally known lecturer, Dr. Catania has received numerous awards, including Review of Optometry's '10 Most Influential Optometrists of the 20th Century'; Baron's Five Star (highest) rating for medical textbooks for Primary Care of the Anterior Segment: 2nd Edition; Distinguished Service Award from both the Optometric Glaucoma Society and the Ocular Surface Society; and many others from state affiliate associations, colleges of optometry, and other national organizations.

Dr. Catania, over a fourteen-year period, provided his expertise in primary eye care optometry to 49 states and 32 countries in the areas of legislative, statutory, education, and clinical care. His lectures have been cited as "high-energy" and "clinically relevant," as evidenced by his naming as keynote speaker at meetings in seven different countries. He is a well-published author, with 160 articles in the ophthalmic literature.

Throughout his career, Dr. Catania has been an active member of the American Optometric Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Not only has he given generously of his time to his profession, he has also actively volunteered for a number of community organizations, including Special Olympics, the Association for the Blind of Monroe County, Upper Dublin Committee on Teenage Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and Orbis International, participating in humanitarian missions in eye care to third world countries.