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Michael G. Harris, OD, JD, MS, FAAO

Clinical Professor Emeritus
Class of 1965



Senior Lecturer Emeritus
Diplomate in Cornea and Contact Lens (AAO)


Optometry 260A. Clinical Examination of the Visual System

Guest Lecturer

The physiological basis for fitting contact lenses; effects of a contact lens on the tears, lids, and cornea; examination procedures and instrumentation used in monitoring the ocular response to contact lenses; contact lens inspection, care, and handling.

Research Interests

Cornea and contact lenses; legal and ethical issues in health care; optometric education

In recent years, my research interests have focused on two main areas: patient responses to contact lenses and legal issues in the eye care field. Along with my coworkers, I have investigated the effects of bifocal contact lenses and monovision on vision and task performance, the effects of microwave disinfection and ultraviolet radiation on contact lenses, the transmissions characteristics of contact lenses, and contact lens care and compliance. I has also investigated the legal responsibilities of eye care practitioners, informed consent, co-management, record keeping, and contact lens prescription regulations.

Selected Publications

Harris MG, Harrifar M, Hirano K. Transmittance of tinted and UV-blocking disposable contact lenses. Optom Vis Sci 1999; 76(3): 177-180.

Harris MG, Hale B, Lew D, Yee P. Discovering the effects of temperature on a solution’s pH. CL Spectrum 1999; 14(7): 41-43.

Harris MG. Legal responsibilities when fitting minors with contact lenses. Optometry (J Am Opt Assoc) 2000; 71(2): 118-121.

Harris MG, Chin RS, Lee DS, Tam MH, Dobkin CE. Ultraviolet transmittance of the Vistakon Disposable Contact Lenses. CL Anterior Eye (JBCLA) 2000; 23(1): 10-15.