Chandra V. Mickles, O.D., M.S., FAAO, FSLS, associate professor, received her Bachelor of Science degree with Honors from the University of Miami and Doctor of Optometry from The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry in 2009, graduating in the top ten of her class. Mickles completed a residency in Cornea and Contact lenses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry. After her residency, she earned a Master of Science degree in Vision Science from UAB and completed a post-doctoral Optometric Research Fellowship at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining NSUCO, Dr. Mickles served as an Assistant Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) in San Antonio, Texas. At UIWRSO, she served as didactic and clinical faculty as well as the Chief of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service. During her tenure at UIWRSO, she was recognized for her teaching by receiving several faculty teaching awards.
Dr. Mickles is currently NSUCO’s Dry Eye Service Coordinator and is the Instructor of Record of the NSUCO’s Contact Lens II course. She was recognized by the Class of 2017 as the Professor of the Year in 2016. Dr. Mickles, who has lectured nationally and is a member of Professional Speakers Bureaus, is a principal investigator of research investigations and has published on a variety of topics with a special interest in contact lenses and dry eye disease. Mickles, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society, has also authored a textbook chapter in the 4th edition of Bennett and Henry’s Clinical Manual of Contact Lenses and has been recognized by the Association of Contact Lens Educators with the George Mertz New Educator Travel Award.