Dr. White has been a faculty member at the college for 40 years. He was formerly the chief of the cornea and contact lens service for the New England Eye Institute, the college’s clinical teaching affiliate, now called NECO Center for Eye Care. He held this position for over 30 years. While serving in this role, Dr. White was in charge of the contact lens lecture and laboratory programs at the college. He has run an elective course, Advanced Contact Lenses, since 1999. Dr. White is also the founder and past director of continuing education at the college. He has presented over 300 continuing education lectures to practicing optometrists both in the United States and internationally. He has also been the editor of five professional journals and is presently continuing education editor of the journal Contact Lens Spectrum.
Dr. White specializes in contact lenses. Over the course of his career, he has consulted with many major contact lens and eye care companies, has authored and edited two textbooks on contact lenses, and has written over 150 scholarly articles on the subject and on other aspects of eye care. At the college, he is chair of the institutional review board and at any given time is in charge of the approval process of 50 or more distinct research studies. Dr. White was a co-founder of the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators, an organization dedicated to the advancement of contact lens education at all of the schools and colleges of optometry throughout North America. He is also one of the original 20 charter members of the International Contact Lens Research Association.
Dr. White earned both his BS and OD degrees from The New England College of Optometry in 1961. Over the course of his career as an educator, he has won multiple teacher of the year awards from the college. The Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry has presented him with its Founders’ Award for lifetime achievement.