Dr. John Gelles, O.D., F.I.A.O., F.C.L.S.A., is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and has a strong background in contact lenses, keratoconus, and refractive surgery. He is the director of the specialty contact lens division at The Cornea and Laser Eye Institute – Hersh VIsion Group and The CLEI Center for Keratoconus. Through his education and experience he has become uniquely skilled in the areas of irregular corneas and corneal disease (specifically keratoconus and ectasia), dry eye and ocular surface disease, management of patients having LASIK, therapeutic and visually rehabilitative contact lenses and specialty contact lenses. He works extensively with all varieties of contact lenses and in particular scleral and prosthetic lenses as part of the comprehensive management and co-management of keratoconus, severe dry eye and ocular surface disease, and irregular and post surgical corneal conditions.
Dr. Gelles utilizes the most advanced contact lenses that technology can offer, some of which are so advanced only 20 practitioners are trained to fit them worldwide and are only available at the top institutes in the country; others he personally designs through specialized computer aided design programs. This allows him to create lenses unique to you and your needs. He is the only EyePrintPRO™ provider in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
He is an adjunct clinical instructor for State University of New York College of Optometry (SUNY) and New England College of Optometry (NECO). In addition, he is clinical investigator for various clinical trials at CLEI and is a consultant for multiple technology and ophthalmic companies related to corneal disease and specialty contact lenses.
His expertise in this subspecialty has allowed him to achieve and continue achieving fellowship status with various academies and societies. He is invited regularly to lecture both nationally and internationally on specialty contact lenses and keratoconus at both optometric and ophthalmologic meetings. Dr. Gelles is an executive board member of the International Keratoconus Academy and an advisory board member for the Gas Permeable Lens Institute.
Dr. Gelles’ passion is to aid individuals affected by complex corneal and ocular surface diseases (such as keratoconus and severe dry eye) though the utilization of advanced contact lenses, treatments, and therapies in order to improve your quality of life. “My goal is to provide an unmatched level of care to ensure the best possible outcomes and ongoing care for individuals with complex corneal and ocular surface conditions. Utilizing the most advanced equipment and latest treatments available here at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute will ensure the best outcomes are not only achieved but also maintained.”