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38. Empowering women with Contact Lens Expert Dr. Daddi Fadel

Released Friday, 8th October 2021
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While fitting specialty contact lenses still makes many optometrists and ophthalmologist nervous, I had the privilege to chat with the global Contact Lens expert Dr. Daddi Fadel and learn about how fitting  speciality contact lenses gave her professional satisfaction  which cannot be described in words. 

In this episode we chat about: 

  • Her journey in optometry and her increasing passion for specialty contact lenses. 
  • We discuss about her secret  sauce "Never Give Up" & " Always stepping out of your comfort zone" 
  • She shares her journey as an author and importance of always learning even if you are not going to implement that in your practice. 
  • & much more
Along with all the information, we also see the fun side of Dr. Fadel in our "Rapid Fire" segment.

Guest Bio:

Daddi Fadel DOptom, FSLS, FBCLA, FAAO, is a contact lens designer, a Pioneer of modern lens designs, and a specialist in contact lenses for irregular cornea, scleral lenses, myopia control, and orthokeratology. She speaks five languages; Arabic, French, English, Italian, and Greek. She studied optometry at Istituto Superiore di Scienze Optometriche (ISSO) in Rome (1998-2001), a four-year course achieved in three years with honors.

She started to lecture and publish from her first year of Optometry school. She has 20 years’ experience in optometry and specialty contact lenses. She runs an optometric practice specializing in contact lenses in Italy where she personally designs and fits special customized contact lenses.

She is internationally recognized as a key opinion leader, who has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of specialty contact lenses and is a speaker in national and international symposia.

Daddi Fadel and Dr. Melissa Barnett are authors of the “Clinical Guide for Scleral Lens Success”. Daddi Fadel is the author of the book “Scleral Lens Complications: Their Recognition, Etiology, and Management”.

She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contact Lens Research & Science (JCLRS).

She is a certified and approved advanced speaker to conduct NCLE approved courses. She is the first Certified EyePrint Practitioner outside the USA and Canada.

Fadel is Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS), British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), and American Academy of Optometry (AAO). She is the Founder and Immediate Past President of Accademia Italiana Lenti Sclerali (AILeS), Co-founder and President of Euro & Austral-Asia Scleral Lens Academy (EASLA), Council of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists (ISCLS), Global Ambassador of the BCLA, member of the GPLI Advisory Board, member of the medical advisory board of the International Keratoconus Academy (IKA), Program & Education Chair of The Summit of Specialty Contacts (SSC) and of the Global Ophthalmic Women (GLOW), Board Member of the International Forum for Scleral Lens Research (IFSLR) and of the International Congress of Scleral Contact (ICSC), Clinical Advisor of Myopia Care, International Relations Chair of the Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS), and Member of the International Association of Contact Lens Educator (IACLE).

You can connect with Dr. Daddi Fadel via
LinkedIn: Daddi Fadel 

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Music courtesy: A. R. Rahman & Bhagirath Bhatt.

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