Dr Stan Isaacs graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry Degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia in 1975, and was awarded the Martin Wells Prize for Diseases of the Eye in the same year. In 1976, he was awarded a Master of Optometry Degree. During the course, he received the Hydron Prize for Advanced Contact Lens Theory and Practice. He was a clinical supervisor at the contact lens clinic in the School of Optometry at UNSW during his master’s programme.
He transitioned to private practice in 1977, specialising in paediatric optometry and contact lenses. He was responsible for forming the Singapore Optometric Association in 1980 and was its pro-term President. In 1990, he was elected as President of The Singapore Contact Lens Society, a position he still holds to date. He has presented numerous research papers at international and local ophthalmology and optometry conferences.
Dr Isaacs sat on the Standards Committee (Singapore) to draft out the Singapore standards for contact lenses. In 1996, he started working closely with Mr John Mountford, the founder of the BE Orthokeratology lens system, on orthokeratology (Ortho-K). He was the first practitioner of Ortho-K in Singapore and was responsible for arranging, promoting and training other contact lens practitioners in Ortho-K. He arranged numerous Ortho-K courses in Singapore and Malaysia and was instrumental in setting up the Society of Orthokeratology (Singapore), where he has been President since its inception. He obtained his PhD in 2004 for his work on “The cornea under Orthokeratology”. He is also the Clinical Director of I & Vision Pte Ltd, which predominantly conducts research for international contact lens and pharmaceutical companies to determine how their products perform on Asian (Chinese descent) eyes.
Steve is currently the Chief Technical Officer of Menicon Co., Ltd. and was formerly the Executive Officer and Global R&D.
He has 40 years of experience in the contact lens industry, particularly in the area of manufacturing and lens design. He holds numerous patents in the fields of toric and aberration managed contact lens designs, manufacturing methods, materials and contact lens packaging.
He is responsible for Menicon’s global research and development and product development. He is interested in smart devices and augmented reality, and how they may impact visual development and functionality.
Dr. Choo joined Menicon Co. Ltd in 2011 and currently serves as Global Director for Menicon’s Specialty Lens Division. She has been involved with specialty lenses her entire career as she had previously led both Corneal Implant and Orthokeratology research at the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Choo obtained her BSc from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, her OD from Pacific University in Portland, USA and her PhD from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She has presented extensively overseas and is a recipient of several research awards including the prestigious American Academy of Optometry William C. Ezell Fellowship. Dr. Choo is also an Adjunct Professor of Optometry at Pacific University as well as a past Advisory Board Member for the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Jacinto Santodomingo graduated in Optometry in Spain and then he moved to the UK to undertake an MSc followed by a PhD in Optometry and Vision Sciences. On completion of his postgraduate studies and after a short spell in clinical practice, he moved to Japan to take the post of Global Professional Relations Manager for Menicon Co., Ltd. Jacinto returned to Spain in 2006 and six years later he was appointed Clinical Affairs Manager & Senior Research Scientist for Menicon R&D. His career goals include the development of products that satisfy market needs from concept to production within the Ophthalmic / Pharmaceutical industry with an emphasis in products aimed at reducing myopia progression in children. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture Award of the BCLA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the British Contact Lens Association, and a member of the International Society of Contact Lens Research. He has presented over 60 papers, posters and invited lectures at international conferences worldwide and authored over 50 referred and professional publications as well as several book chapters. His research interests include myopia, ocular biometry, the cornea and tear film, and different aspects of contact lenses.