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Dr. Walt Whitley

Medical Editor

OVERVIEW

Walter Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO serves as the Director of Referral Services and Residency Program Supervisor at Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, Virginia where his practice encompasses ocular surface disease, glaucoma, surgical co-management, clinical research and the supervision of an extensive referral network.

At Virginia Eye Consultants, he helps oversee the Dry Eye Center and is heavily involved in dry eye research and education. Dr. Whitley is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on topics ranging from ocular disease, surgical co-management, pharmaceuticals and practice management topics.

He serves as Co-Chief Medical Editor for CollaborativeEye and contributing editor for the Review of Optometry. Dr. Whitley is the current Chair of the American Academy of Optometry Anterior Segment Section and the immediate past president of the Virginia Optometric Association where he has been recognized as the 2012 Young Optometrist of the Year, the 2015 Legislative Keyperson of the Year and most recently the 2020 Optometrist of the Year.


Dr. Whitney Hauser

Founder and Emeritus Contributor

OVERVIEW

Dr. Whitney Hauser received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry in 2003.

Dr. Hauser served as Clinical Director and Research Coordinator at an ophthalmology referral center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Hauser has authored many articles focusing on the management and treatment of ocular surface disease, and the practice management. She has been an invited speaker across the United States and internationally.

Dr. Hauser serves as Clinical Development Consultant for a nationally-known Dry Eye Center of Excellence. She is also founder and senior consultant for Signal Ophthalmic Consulting (SOC). SOC designs premier care plans for optometry and ophthalmology practices with an emphasis on dry eye care and cataract/refractive surgery. She specializes in increasing premium treatment conversions, staff integration and improvements in efficiency.

Signal Ophthalmic Consulting (SOC) was designed to bring practices to new heights through premium, high-touch care. SOC creates patient satisfaction that leads to true net promoters for your practice as well as higher conversions for elective procedures. Our consultants specialize in bringing practices from good to great.

She serves on the boards of TearLab, RySurg, Paragon BioTeck, Science Based Health and 1800-DOCTORS. She, also, serves on the editorial board of Advanced Ocular Care. She, also, acts as a speaker or consultant for Allergan, Akorn, BioTissue, Lumenis, NovaBay, Shire, TearScience and Thermi.

Dr. Hauser provides premium elective procedures at a renowned Dry Eye Center of Excellence. She is also integral in the research and development of innovative dry eye techniques. With over fifteen years experience in ocular surface disease, she brings a unique perspective to her patients and their care.

In 2013, Dr. Hauser began her career in academia by joining the faculty of Southern College of Optometry as Assistant Professor. At SCO, she serves as a staff physician at The Eye Center and didactic instructor.

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