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Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO

Dr. Barbara Caffery graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 1977. In 2009, she completed her PhD programme in Vision Science at the University of Waterloo upon defending her thesis entitled Sjogren’s Syndrome: A Clinical and Biochemical Analysis. Dr. Caffery practices at Toronto Eye Care in downtown Toronto and also participates in two hospital-based clinics at the University Health Network Multi-Disciplinary Sjogren’s Syndrome Clinic and the Therapeutic Contact Lens Clinic at Kensington Vision and Research Centre. Dr. Caffery’s areas of expertise include dry eye disease and contact lenses.

 She has completed several clinical trials in dry eye treatments and has also widely published in the areas of contact lenses, dry eye and Sjogren’s Syndrome. She presently serves as the President of the American Academy of Optometry and also serves on the Board and Medical Advisory panel of the Sjogren’s Society of Canada. Dr. Caffery has lectured frequently in the areas of contact lenses, dry eye and Sjogren’s Syndrome at the Academy and other state and regional venues. She continues to serve as a guest lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo. Most recently, she has helped to create and implement a new clinical research initiative within the American Academy of Optometry. The special interest group, Fellows Doing Research, gathers interested Fellows from private practices and academic settings to explore important clinical questions.