David Libassi, OD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Advanced Care

Bio

Dr. David Libassi graduated from The New England College of Optometry in 1981. Following graduation Dr. Libassi participated in the New England College of Optometry Contact Lens Fellowship program, successfully completing the program in June of 1982. In July of 1982 Dr. Libassi joined the SUNY College of Optometry and served as Assistant Chief of the Contact Lens Service until 1985. In 1985 Dr. Libassi became Chief of the SUNY Contact Lens Service and served in that capacity until 1991. In 1991 Dr. Libassi relinquished the role of service chief and became the Supervisor of the SUNY Cornea & Contact Lens Residency Program, a responsibility he continues to enjoy until the present day. From 1995 to 2005 Dr. Libassi served as the Principal Investigator for Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Research at SUNY. In total Dr. Libassi has over 37 years of clinical experience in the area of Cornea and Contact Lens teaching and patient care. As a full time faculty member of the University Optometric Center, Dr. Libassi provides didactic lectures in both the basic and advanced contact lenses courses as well as supervising third year, fourth year, and clinical residents during multiple patient care sessions each week. Dr. Libassi has focused his professional continuing education lectures in the area of therapeutic contact lens correction for the diseased cornea.

Education

  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, New England College of Optometry, 1981

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • New Jersey Therapeutic Orals Licensure - Array, Array
  • Fellow of The American Academy of Optometry - American Academy of Optometry, Array
  • Fitting & Management of Prosthetic Eyes - American Optical Corporation, Array
  • Array - New England College of Optometry, 1982

Certifications

  • Registration Certificate - University of the State of New York Education Department Office of the Professions, 1981
  • Drug Enforcement Administration - United States Deprtment of Justice, 2009
  • OM Certification - State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs, 1982
  • Optometrist - State of New Jersey, Office of Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs, 1982
  • Controlled Substance Substances - State of New Jersey, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Supervisor, Cornea & Contact Lens Residency Program, State University of New York, College of Optometry, 1992 - Present
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, State University of New York, College of Optometry, 1982 - Present
  • Optometrist, HIP of Garden State Medical Group, 1992 - 1999
  • Chief, Contact Lens Service, State University of New York, College of Optometry, 1985 - 1990
  • Assistant Chief, Contact Lens Service, State University of New York, College of Optometry, 1982 - 1985
  • Assistant Clinical Instructor, New England College of Optometry, 1981 - 1982

Teaching Interests

Cornea Care and Therapeutic Contact Lens Fitting, Lens Care, and Problem Solving.

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

BVS 261SA
Contact Lenses I

BVS 261SA
Contact Lens I

Research Interests

Disease Progression in the Irregular Cornea.

Clinical Interests

Care and Manage of Therapeutic Contact Lens Correction for the Irregular Cornea.

Publications

  • Concept Mapping as a Tool for Didactic Learning and Case Presentation in an Optometric Curriculum, Journal of Optometric Education, 42(1): 1-6, 2016
  • Scleral contact lens fitting for pediatric immune stromal keratitis and sphenoid wing meniogoma-induced neurotrophic keratopathy, Array, Array(Array): Array, 2014
  • Cosmetic Contact Lens Fitting and Optometric Management Following Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis Implantation, Array, Array(Array): Array, 2013
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Contact Lens Correction, Array, Array(Array): 260-277, 2006
  • Longitudinal changes in visual acuity in keratoconus., Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 47(2): 489-500, 2006
  • Predictors of Visual Acuity Loss In Keratoconus, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 46(13): 4947-4947, 2005
  • Gender Differences In Cone Apex Location in Keratoconus, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 45(13): 2894-2894, 2004
  • Variables Affecting Rigid Contact Lens Comfort in the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study, Optometry and Vision Science , 81(3): 182-188, 2004
  • Problem Solving With Large Diameter RGP Lenses, Optometry and Vision Science, 78(12): 132, 2002
  • Contact Lens Management of Delayed Onset Keratectasia Following Lasik, Optometry and Vision Science, 78(12): 206, 2001
  • Unilateral Corneal Arcus, Optometry and Vision Science, 77(12): 95, 2000
  • Contact Lens DecenteredTinting In A Strabismic Patient, Optometry and Vision Science, 77(12): Array, 2000
  • Baseline findings in the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study. K Zadnik, JT Barr, TB Edrington… - … & visual science, 1998 - researchgate.net PURPOSE. TO describe the baseline findings in patients enrolled in the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study. METHODS. This is a longitudinal observational study of 1209 patients with keratoconus enrolled at 16 clinical centers. Its, Optometry & Vision Science, Array(Array): Array, 1998
  • Feasibility of fitting contact lenses with apical clearance in keratoconus., Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry, 73(12): 729-32, 1996
  • Standardized rigid contact lens fitting protocol for keratoconus., Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry, 73(6): 369-75, 1996
  • Apical Clearance in Keratoconus with Aspheric Lenses, Optometry and Vision Science, 72(12): 225-226, 1995
  • Soft bifocal contact lenses for patients with nearpoint asthenopia., Journal of the American Optometric Association, 56(11): 866-70, 1985
  • Auditory biofeedback used to enhance convergence insufficiency therapy., Journal of the American Optometric Association, 54(11): 1001-3, 1983

Presentations

  • Visual Rehabilitation in Patients with Post-Traumatic Aphakia and Aniridia, 2016
    Poster
  • Applying the Principles of Ortho Keratology, 2015
    Other
  • Post Surgical Application of Scleral Contact Lenses, 2014
    Lecture
  • Scleral Lens Fitting and Management of the Post Surgical Cornea, 2014
    Lecture
  • Cosmetic contact lens fitting and optometric management following Boston Keratoprosthesis implantation, 2013
  • Sclerl Contact Lens Fitting for the Regular & Irregular Cornea, 2013
    Other
  • Using Specialty Contact Lenses To Treat Eye Disease, 2010
    Lecture
  • Fitting the Abnormal Cornea, 2008
    Lecture
  • Back to the Basics for the Complicated GP Lens Fitting, 2007
    Lecture
  • RGP Fitting of the Post Refractive Surgery, Post Penetrating Keratoplasty Patient, 2004
    Lecture
  • Fitting and Care of the Prosthetic Eye for the Optometrist, 2002
    Lecture
  • Update on The Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus, 1997
    Lecture
  • Contact Lens Management of Keratoconus, Post Keratoplasty, Post Refractive Surgery, Pediatric Aphakia, 1997
    Lecture
  • Contact Lens Management for the Post Pentrating Keratoplasty Patient, 1996
    Lecture
  • Contact Lens Management of Keratoconus and Post Penetrating Keratoplasty, 1996
    Lecture
  • Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus, 1995
    Lecture
  • Application of Corneal Topography for Contact Lens Fitting, 1994
    Lecture
  • Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Syndrome Part II, 1991
    Other
  • Identifying and Managing Dry Eye Patients, 1990
    Lecture
  • Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye, Part I: Diagnosis & Treatment, 1990
    Lecture
  • Clinical Rounds Seminar, 1989
    Lecture
  • The Marginal Dry Eye, 1989
    Lecture
  • Today's Soft Toric Lens Fitting, 1987
    Lecture
  • Soft Lens Cleaning Systems, 1986
    Lecture

Services

University

  • 2009 - Present : Course & Standing - Array
  • 1992 - Present : Array - Supervisor, Cornea & Contact Lens Residency

Public

  • 2002 - 2006 : Marching Band Parent - Volunteer
  • 2000 - 2006 : Boy Scouts of America, Troop 63 - Volunteer
  • 1996 - 2000 : Cub Scouts of America, Pack 263 - Volunteer

Clinical

  • 1985 - 1991 : Array - Chief of Contact Lens Service
  • 1982 - 1985 : Array - Acting Chief Contact Lens Service

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