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Charlotte E Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO


Department Affiliate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director, Contact Lens Service
Co-PI/Co-Director, UIC-NEI K12/Independent Clinician Vision Scientist (ICVS) Development Program

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


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 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.

Selected Publications

  • CMoss 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.


OD: The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Residency in Optometry: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Blind Rehabilitation Center of
Hines VA Hospital
PhD in Epidemiology: University of Illinois Chicago