Meet Allied Ophthalmic Personnel

Allied Ophthalmic Personnel are highly skilled professionals, qualified by didactic and clinical ophthalmic training, who perform ophthalmic procedures under the direction of a licensed ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating eye diseases and disorders and performing eye surgery.

John Pignone Reed, COT, ROUB, OCS, OSC, RMA

“Throughout my 27-year career, I have been fortunate to be employed by some of Ophthalmology’s finest institutions and work with the best physicians and colleagues. I’ve achieved numerous certifications and have worked in all aspects of ophthalmology—from roles as an ophthalmic technician and supervisor to clinical training and practice management.” 

Aaron Shukla, Ph.D., COMT

“As assistant professor and founding chairman of Dept. of Ophthalmic Technologies, College of Health Professions and Jones Eye Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR (2000-2004), and then as Program Director and Professor of the Ophthalmic Technician Program at St. Catherine University, in Minneapolis, MN, (2004-present), I have had the privilege of helping students discover the rewarding opportunities available to them in eye care.  As a volunteer, I have served as President of ATPO and COTP, CoA-OMP’s Board of Directors; and have authored many publications and presentations, including a textbook on Clinical Optics.”

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