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Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD

Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD

Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Department Affiliate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director, Contact Lens Service

Mailing Address:
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, M/C 648
Chicago, IL 60612

Sees patients at:
Contact Lens Service
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, Suite 3.154
Clinic Phone: (312) 996-5410

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"Dr. Joslin is the most competent optometrist I have ever seen. She knows my problem and how to correct my vision with the best possible outcome." comment from

Dr. Joslin fits patients with medically necessary contact lenses for acute and severe eye conditions including keratoconus. A statistically significant increase in patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary spurred investigations by Dr. Joslin and colleague Dr. Elmer Tu, which resulted in a worldwide recall of a specific contact lens solution. Dr. Joslin also has a faculty appointment at University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health where she has two National Institutes of Health-funded research projects in health disaparities and cancer and in comparative effective research in eliminating health disparities. Dr. Joslin joined the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1999.


BA—Illinois Wesleyan University
OD—Ohio State University College of Optometry, elected to Beta Sigma Kappa
Residency in Optometry—Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Blind Rehabilitation Center of Hines VA Hospital, Illinois
PhD in Epidemiology—University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

Selected Publications

Tu EY, Shoff ME, Gao W, Joslin CE. Effect of low concentrations of benzalkonium chloride on acanthamoebal survival and its potential impact on empirical therapy of infectious keratitis. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 May;131(5):595-600. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.1644. PubMed PMID: 23519403.

Yoder JS, Verani J, Heidman N, Hoppe-Bauer J, Alfonso EC, Miller D, Jones DB, Bruckner D, Langston R, Jeng BH, Joslin CE, Tu E, Colby K, Vetter E, Ritterband D, Mathers W, Kowalski RP, Acharya NR, Limaye AP, Leiter C, Roy S, Lorick S, Roberts J, Beach MJ. Acanthamoeba keratitis: the persistence of cases following a multistate outbreak. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2012 Aug;19(4):221-5. doi: 10.3109/09286586.2012.681336. PubMed PMID: 22775278.

Tu EY, Joslin CE. Microsporidia and Acanthamoeba: the role of emerging corneal pathogens. Eye (Lond). 2012 Feb;26(2):222-7. doi: 10.1038/eye.2011.315. Epub 2011 Dec 16. PubMed PMID: 22173072; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3272212.

Tu EY, Joslin CE. Recent outbreaks of atypical contact lens-related keratitis: what have we learned? Am J Ophthalmol. 2010 Nov;150(5):602-608.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2010.06.045. PubMed PMID: 21036209; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2991148.

Tu EY, Joslin CE, Shoff ME. Successful treatment of chronic stromal acanthamoeba keratitis with oral voriconazole monotherapy. Cornea. 2010 Sep;29(9):1066-8. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e3181cbfa2c. PubMed PMID: 20539217; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2926250.

Tu EY, Joslin CE, Shoff ME, Lee JA, Fuerst PE. Sequential corneal infection with two genotypically distinct Acanthamoebae associated with renewed contact lens wear. Eye (Lond). 2010 Jun;24(6):1119-21. doi: 10.1038/eye. 2009.288.  Epub 2009 Nov 27. PubMed PMID: 19942941.

Vajaranant TS, Nayak S, Wilensky JT, Joslin CE. Gender and glaucoma: what we know and what we need to know. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2010 Mar;21(2):91-9. doi: 10.1097/ICU.0b013e3283360b7e. Review. PubMed PMID: 20051857.

Joslin CE, Tu EY, Shoff ME, Anderson RJ, Davis FG. Shifting distribution of Chicago-area Acanthamoeba keratitis cases. Arch Ophthalmol. 2010 Jan;128(1):137-9. doi: 10.1001/archophthalmol.2009.337. PubMed PMID: 20065234.

Tu EY, Joslin CE, Nijm LM, Feder RS, Jain S, Shoff ME. Polymicrobial keratitis: Acanthamoeba and infectious crystalline keratopathy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2009 Jul;148(1):13-9.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2009.01.020. Epub 2009 Mar 27. PubMed PMID: 19327742; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2830559.

Booton GC, Joslin CE, Shoff M, Tu EY, Kelly DJ, Fuerst PA. Genotypic identification of Acanthamoeba sp. isolates associated with an outbreak of acanthamoeba keratitis. Cornea. 2009 Jul;28(6):673-6. doi: 10. 1097/ICO. 0b013e31819342a7.  PubMed PMID: 19512903; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2701473.