Dr. Edward Bennett was recently included on the list of the 30 most influential people involved in contact lens research. This list was published by Contact Lens Spectrum and it featured 30 people who actively worked in the field between 1986 and 2016.
The writers at Contact Lens Spectrum said that Dr. Bennett's work with gas permeable (GP) lenses has contributed greatly to the study and perfection of contact lenses. Dr. Bennett says that he was lucky to be starting his professional career right when GP lenses were beginning to be studied seriously. He has been involved in GP lens technology for over 25 years.
For those who are not aware, GP contact lenses are purposefully more rigid than the typical soft contact lenses. They are made this way to avoid an overreliance of water to keep them moist. GP contacts are made of a durable plastic. Since they are harder than normal lenses, GP contacts have been shown to be much safer when it comes to avoiding bacterial contamination from contact lens water.
Professional readers of Contact Lens Spectrum were called upon to vote for doctors to be included on this list. They were asked to choose people who had made a significant contribution to the science and technology of contact lenses in the past 30 years.
This is not the only distinction that Dr. Bennett has been granted recently. Dr. Bennett has been officially recognized by the American Academy of Optometry for his teaching work as a professor in the University of Missouri-St. Louis' School of Optometry.
When asked for his reaction to being recognized in Contact Lens Spectrum, Dr. Bennett said that he felt greatly honored. He also believes that this recognition represents the culmination of a great deal of hard work and dedication to his craft.
Students who have been fortunate enough to have one of Dr. Bennett's classes always have positive things to say about his dynamic teaching style. Dr. Bennett told reporters that he tries to add a great deal of humor into his lectures just to keep his students on their toes. His teaching techniques have worked over the years, and many students have come out of his classes passionately interested in learning more about eye care.
Bennett continues his research on GP lenses as the executive director of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute. His body of written work is immense. He has published over 200 works in his career, 12 of which were full length textbooks. He has also spoken at over 250 academic conferences. As of today, Dr. Bennett shows no signs of stopping in his teaching, writing, or research.