Research Faculty

Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO

Professor of Ophthalmology, Director, Contact Lens Service; Department Affiliate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics University of Illinois College of MedicineDepartment of Ophthalmology
Mailing Address: Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary 1855 W. Taylor Street, M/C 648 Chicago IL 60612
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Biographical Info

 Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAOCharlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO

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

Sees Patients at:
Specialty Care Building (SCB)
Contact Lens Service
1009 S. Wood St.
Chicago, IL 60612

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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

Charlotte E. Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO is Director of the Contact Lens Service, Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, College of Medicine and Departmental Affiliate, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health at University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Joslin is a clinician-scientist and epidemiologist, and currently leads the Study of Latinos “SOL” Ojos (eyes), a National Eye Institute (NEI)-funded ancillary project to the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a comprehensive, longitudinal, multicenter cohort study that began in 2008 and is the largest longitudinal epidemiologic study of Latinos ever fielded. SOL Ojos, a cohort study designed to assess the prevalence of chronic eye disease and its associations with risk factors across participants of diverse Hispanic/Latino backgrounds, will yield important insights into how best to preserve eye health in this rapidly growing and diverse segment of the U.S. population. Dr. Joslin also works with Ali Djalilian, MD in the design and coordination of early clinical trials related to regenerative corneal translational research projects funded by the Department of Defense and NEI.

Previous efforts include work as the principal investigator of the Chicago-area Acanthamoeba Keratitis study along with Elmer Tu, MD, and extensive experience with big data in the secondary analysis of large, existing data sets.

Clinically, Dr. Joslin focuses primarily on medically-necessary contact lenses in patients with various complex corneal diseases including keratoconus, post-corneal transplant, dry eye disease, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), limbal stem cell deficiency, Sjögren’s syndrome, neurotrophic keratitis, corneal scarring, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and aphakia, to name a few.  Dr. Joslin is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Optometry (AAO), and a Diplomate of the AAO’s Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies. She also serves on the AAO’s Scientific Program Committee. 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
PhD in Epidemiology—University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

Selected Publications

Moss HE, Gao W, Balcer LJ, Joslin CE. Association of Race/Ethnicity With Visual Outcomes Following Acute Optic Neuritis: An Analysis of the Optic Neuritis Treatment Trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Feb 20. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.7995. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24557028.

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.

Bourne R, Price H, Stevens G; GBD Vision Loss Expert Group. Global burden of visual impairment and blindness. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 May;130(5):645-7. doi: 10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.1032. PubMed PMID: 22652851.

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.

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.

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