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Dr. Melton is a North Carolina native. He completed his training in primary eye care at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1981. He has attended the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Course in "Ophthalmic Pathology for Ophthalmologists." Dr, Melton was also a member of the Student Optometric Service to Haiti team in 1981. He has successfully completed the National Board Examination in Optometry and the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry Examination on "Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease."

Recently Dr. Melton received the "Glaucoma Educators of the Year" award presented by the American Academy of Optometry. The William C. Ezell Award "for the Best Article Based upon a Lecture Given at the Southern Congress of Optometry" was presented to him by the Southern Council of Optometrists. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. He served as a consultant to the Council on Clinical Optometric Care and the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. He has been a consultant in the areas of pathology and ocular pharmacology to the International Board of Examiners in Optometry. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the Pennsylvania Collage of Optometry, Pacific University College of Optometry, and State University of New York College of Optometry.

Dr. Melton has lectured on the topics of ocular differential diagnosis and medical management of the eye diseases  throughout the World. He has authored many articles in the optometric literature, including the annual "Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs" in Review of Optometry. Drs Melton is a full-time clinician delivering primary and secondary eye care.

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Dr. Melton served as a Captain in the U.S. Army as a clinical optometrist at Hawley Army Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1981 to 1984. Currently he practices in a group practice in Charlotte, NC. 

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CURRICULUM VITAE                                                                                                                       top
 

Name:      Ron Melton, O.D., F.A.A.O

 

 Office Address:     Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A
                                1600 East Third Street
  
                             Charlotte, NC 28204
  
                             Phone:  (704) 945-4111 

Education:
               Degree:              O.D., Doctor of Optometry

           
                             Pennsylvania College of Optometry
           
                             Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

               Graduation:         May, 1981

               Degree:              B.S., Bachelor of Science in Integrated Biological Sciences
  
                                      Pennsylvania College of Optometry
                                  
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

              Graduation:          January, 1979 

              Degree:               B.S., Bachelor of Science
  
                                           Biology and Business Administration
  
                                      Greensboro College
           
                             Greensboro, North Carolina

          
   Graduation:          May, 1977

 

Licensure and Certification:     
                 
License:         Indiana State Board of Optometry

                       
               State of Indiana
                       
               July, 1981

                  License:         North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry
                       
               State of North Carolina
                       
               September, 1981

                  License:         Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Optometry
           
                           State of Oklahoma
                       
               August, 1983     

                  License:       South Carolina Board of Examiners in Optometry
                       
             State of South Carolina
                       
             August, 1987

 Certification:      Successfully completed the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, April, 1981

                            Successfully completed the International Association of Boards of Examiners in
                            Optometry Examination on "Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease," April, 1986 

Positions:           Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.
           
               Charlotte, North Carolina
                          
May, 2000 to present

                 Nalle Clinic
                
Charlotte, North Carolina
              
  May, 1986 to April, 2000

                           Private Practice
                          
Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma
                    
      September, 1984 to 1986

                           Primary Care Optometrist
                          
Hawley Army Community Hospital
                          
Indianapolis, Indiana
                          
August, 1981 through August, 1984

 

Post Graduate Professional Short Courses:   
                    
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
 
                    Course in Ophthalmic Pathology for
                    
Ophthalmologists, Washington, D.C.
                     Fall, 1982

 

Clinical Research

Activities:                
   
                                                  
Investigator - An Active, Drug-Controlled, Double Masked,    
                                                      Multicenter Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of 0.6% Norfloxacin 
                                                      Ophthalmic Solution vs. 0.3% Tobramycin Ophthalmic Solution in the 
                                                      Treatment of Patients with Acute Bacterial Infections of the External Eye 
                                                      and Adnexa, Protocol MK-366, Merck, Sharpe and Dohme Research 
                                                      Laboratories, 1986 - Completed.

                                                      Co-Investigator - Lovastatin Dose-Ranging Multicenter Study in Patients  
                                                      with Type II Hypercholesterolemia, Total Cholesterol 240-300 mg/dl with 
                                                      or without Other Risk Factors and with or without Evidence of Coronary 
                                                      Artery Disease, Protocol No. 022, Merck, Sharpe, and Dohme, 1987 - 
                                                      Completed.

                                                     Co-Investigator - A Double-Blind, Randomized Study of 
                                                     THERAFECTIN (amiprilose HC1) 6 grams/day Arthritis Withdrawn 
                                                     from their Nonsteroidal Anti- Inflammatory Drug Therapy, Protocol 
                                                     RA/10, Greenwich Pharmaceutical Inc., 1987 – Completed

                                                     Co-Investigator - Tolrestat  (AY-27,773) Prevention of Progression of 
                                                     Non-proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy:  Effects on Retinal Morphology 
                                                     and Renal Function in Patients with Insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus, 
                                                     1986 - Completed  

                                                                       Investigator - A Multiple-Dose, Double-Masked, Parallel Active 
                                                     Treatment Controlled Multiclinic Study of 0.25% Timolol-in-GELRITE 
                                                     and 0.25% TIMOPTIC in Patients with Elevated Intraocular Pressure.  
                                                    
Merck, Sharp & Dohme.  1992-Completed.

                                                     Co-Investigator - Evaluation of the Efficacy and Safety of Glimepiridie 
                                                     versus Glyburide in Subjects with Noninsulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus, 
                                                     Protocol M/5220/0001  Upjohn.  1992 - Completed.

Investigator - The Long-term Safety and Ocular Hypotensive Efficacy of Brimonidine Tartrate 0.2% in Subjects with Open Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension.  Allergan, Inc. 1992 - Completed.

 

Co-Investigator - A Randomized Study Comparing the Safety and Efficacy of Two Doses or Oral Ganciclovir to Intravenous Ganciclovir for the maintenance treatment of Cytomegalovirus Retinitis in People with Aids.  Syntex.  1993 - Completed.

 

Investigator - A Multiple-Dose, Double-Masked, Active Treatment Controlled, Two-Period, Crossover Multiclinic Study of 0.5% Preservative-Free Timolol-in-GELRITE and 0.5% Timolol-in-GELRITE with Preservative in Patients with Elevated Intraocular Pressure.  Merck, Sharp, & Dohme.  1994 - Completed.

 

Investigator - A Double-Blind Double-Dummy, Acyclovir Controlled,       
Parallel Group Study to Compare the Efficacy and Safety of Famciclovir 
with Acyclovir in the Treatment of Patients with Ophthalmic Zoster.  
Protocol # BRL 42810-098.  SmithKline Beecham.  1994 - Present.

 

Investigator - A Parallel, Randomized, Double-Masked, Active Controlled, Multiclinic Study Comparing the Tolerability and Efficacy of 2% MK-507 Ophthalmic Solution and Orally Administered Acetazolomide in Patients with Ocular Hypertension or Glaucoma Receiving Concomitant Treatment with 0.5% Timolol Ophthalmic Solution.  Protocol # 054-00.  Merck, Sharp, & Dohme.  1995 - Completed.

 

Investigator - A Parallel, Randomized, Double-Masked Study Comparing the 0.5% Timolol/2.0% MK-507 Combination Ophthalmic Solution B.I.D. to 0.5% Timolol Ophthalmic Solution B.I.D. or 2.0% MK-507 Ophthalmic Solution T.I.D. in Patients with Elevated Intraocular Pressure who are Inadequately Controlled on Timolol Alone.  Protocol # 064.  Merck, Sharp, & Dohme.  1995 Completed.

 

Investigator - A Four Month Multicenter, Double-Masked, Parallel Safety and Clinical Success Comparison of Brimonidine Tartrate 0.2% Versus Timolol 0.5% as Initial Therapy for Subjects with Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension.  Protocol # 190342-126-00.  Allergan, Inc.  1996 - Completed.

 

Investigator - A Three-Month, Multicenter, Triple-Masked, Placebo-Controlled, Adjunctive Therapy Study of the Efficacy and Safety of TID Dosed AL-4862 1.0% Ophthalmic Suspension in the Treatment of Patients with Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension Maintained on Timolol Therapy.  Protocol #  C-95-38.  Alcon Laboratories, Inc.  1996 - Completed.

 

Investigator - A Parallel, Randomized, Double-Masked, Multicenter Study Comparing the Effect of Dorzolamide 2% to Pilocarpine 2% as Adjunctive Therapy to Timolol Maleate Ophthalmic Gel Forming Solution 0.5% in Patients with Elevated Intraocular Pressure. Protocol # 073-00.  Merck & Co., Inc.  1996 - Completed.

 

Investigator - SEE3 Extended Wear Soft Contact Lens Research Study # 1000.06A - Lotrafilcon A Hydrophilic Contact Lens.  CIBA Vision Corporation.  1996 -Completed.

 

Investigator - Safety and Efficacy of Ketotifen Fulmarate 0.025% Ophthalmic Solution Compared with Vehicle Placebo Control in the Allergen Challenge Model of Allergic Conjunctivitis.  CIBA Vision (Novartis).  1998 - Completed.

 

Investigator – A Six-Month, Multicenter, Triple Masked, Placebo-Controlled Adjunctive Therapy Study of the Safety and Efficacy of AL-6221 0.0015%and AL-6221 0.004% Ophthalmic Solution in Patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension Maintained on TIMOPTIC 0.5%.  Protocol # C-97-73.  Alcon Laboratories, Inc.  1998 - Completed.

 

Investigator – A Twelve-Week, Multicenter, Triple-Masked Study of the Safety and IOP-Lowering Efficacy of Levobetaxolol 0.5% Suspension Compared to TIMOPTIC 0.5% Solution in the Treatment of Patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension.  Protocol # C-97-67.  Alcon Laboratories, Inc.  1998 – Completed

 

Investigator – Clinical Comparison of Acuvue Bifocal Contact Lenses vs. Lifestyle Xtra Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses.  Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc. (Vistakon).  1999 – Completed.
 

Investigator – A Randomized, 5 - Year Postmarketing Safety Study of Xalatan Compared to “Usual Care in Patients with Open Angle Glaucoma Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension.  Pharmacia & Upjohn.  1999 – Present.

 

Investigator – Evaluation of the Safety & Efficacy of Sterile Comfort Drops (AAC-002) When Compared to Boston Rewetting Drops (NOF002).  Foresight Regulatory Strategies, Inc.  1999 – Completed.

 

Principal Investigator – Acuvue 8.8 Non-I/O Lenses From Different Lots, CR-9908.  Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc. (Vistakon).  2000 – Completed.

 

Principal Investigator – A Phase III Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Masked, Parallel Study to Compare the Safety and Efficacy of 0.3% Gatifloxacin Ophthalmic Solution with that of 0.3% Ofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution in the Treatment of Acute Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Protocol # SPCL-GFLX 3/02).  Senju Pharmaceutical.  2000 – Closed.

 

Investigator – A Multicenter, Double-Masked, Randomized, Parallel Study of the Safety and Efficacy of 0.2% Brimonidine Tartrate/0.5% Timolol Combination Ophthalmic Solution Twice-Daily Compared with 0.5% Timolol Twice-Daily or Alphagan Three-Times-Daily for Three Months (Plus 9-Month, Masked Extension) in Patients with Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension (Protocol # 190342-013T-01).  Allergan, Inc.  2000 – Present.

 

 

Presentations of Continuing Education Courses, Research Papers, and Special Lectures:      Lectured on the topics of pharmacology, ocular differential diagnoses, and medical management of eye diseases throughout the United States and internationally including Canada, Australia, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom

 Professional Publications: (Co-Authored with Randall K. Thomas, O.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.O.)            

"Pharmaceutical Agents Commonly Used to Treat Afflictions of the Eye and Adnexa", Southern Journal of Optometry, June, 1984.

"Pharmaceutical Agents Commonly Used to Treat  Ocular Inflammations of the Eye and Adnexa", Southern Journal of Optometry, October, 1984.

"Pharmaceutical Agents Commonly Used to Treat Infections / Inflammations of the Eye", Southern Journal of Optometry, October, 1984.

"How to Manage Viral Conjunctivitis", Optometric Management, June, 1991.

 "Antiviral Drugs and Pharmacology" and "Conjunctival and Corneal Foreign Body Removal", Chapters in Clinical Optometric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Editor: B.E. Onofrey, J.B. Lippincott    Company, 1991.

  "Medical Management of Anterior Uveitis" and "Grand Rounds Management of Corneal Abrasions", Chapters in Optometry Clinics - Anterior Segment Disease Update, Editor: J.G. Classe', Appleton and Lange, 1991.

  “Dry Eye Syndrome and the Optometrist:  Diagnosis and Treatment”, Publication from Roundtable Discussion, Allergan, 1991.

  “Use of Clinical Laboratory Testing in the Private Practice of Optometry”, Chapter in Optometry Clinics - Clinical Laboratory Testing, Editor: J.G. Classe', Appleton and Lange, 1992.

  “The Practical Guide to Therapeutic Drugs”, Optometric Management, May, 1992.

  “A Review of Common Ophthalmic Antibacterial and Corticosteroid-Antibacterial Combination Drugs”, Chapter in Optometry Clinics - Ocular Pharmacology Update, Editor:  J.G. Classe, Appleton and Lange, 1992.

  “OD Dialogues: Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Syndrome”, Publication from Roundtable Discussion, Allergan, 1992

  “Pharmacology Questions”, Supplement to Optometric Management, January, 1993

 “Does This Patient Have Glaucoma?  Factors to Consider in Diagnosis and Management”, Eye Quest Magazine, January/February, 1993.

 “When White and Quiet Turns Red and Angry - How to Relieve Contact Lens -Induced Inflammation”, Review of Optometry, April, 1993

 “2nd Annual Practical Guide to Therapeutic Drugs”, Optometric Management, May, 1993

  “Understanding Blepharitis”, Optometry Today, June, 1993.

 Take the Worry Out of Managing Uveitis”, Optometric Management, June, 1993

 “Treatment of Blepharitis”, Optometry Today,  July/August, 1993

  “Pupillary Dilation:  A View From the Trenches,”Guest Editorial, Journal of the American Optometric  
 
Association, September, 1993

“3rd Annual Practical Guide to Therapeutic Drugs”, Optometric Management, May 1994

“Put Patient’s Interest First When Diagnosing Disease”,  Optometry Today, May, 1994

"A Practical Look at Clinical Dry Eye”, Optometry Today, May, 1994

 “4th Annual Practical Guide to Therapeutic Drugs”,    Optometric Management, May 1995

 “Oral Medicines in Primary Eye Care”, Eye Quest Magazine, July/August, 1995

 “Fluoroquinolones:  A First-Line Treatment”, Primary Care Optometry News, September, 1995

“Understanding Today’s Glaucoma Medications”, Take Charge of Glaucoma Management - Supplement to Review of Optometry, September 15, 1995

“The Power of Prescribing”, Optometry Today - Eye Drug Update (Featured on Cover), October, 1995

 “Nonspecific Conjunctivitis”, Optometry Today, October, 1995

“Open-Angle Glaucoma”, Optometry Today, October, 1995

“The 1996 Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs”, Review of Optometry, May 15, 1996

“Clinical Management of the Anterior Segment”, Optometry Today, August, 1996

  “Clinical Grand Rounds of the World Wide Web”, PacificUniversity College of Optometry Center for Distributed Learning and Optometry Today, August, 1996

 “Clinical Management of the Anterior Segment, Part II”, Optometry Today, September, 1996

  “New Alpha-2 Agonist Offers Another Medical Alternative to Treat Glaucoma”, Primary Care Optometry News, November, 1996

“TPA Notebook”, Monthly Contribution to Primary Care Optometry News, 1997-1998

 “Adenoviral Infections, Allergic Conjunctivitis, BacterialConjunctivitis, Chemical Keratoconjunctivitis:  TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, February, 1997

 “Conjunctival and Corneal Foreign Body Removal”, Optometry Today, April, 1997

 “Chlamydial Conjunctivitis in the Adult, Contact Blepharodermatitis, Corneal Abrasions:  TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, April, 1997

“The 1997 Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs”, Review of Optometry, May, 1997

“The Virtual Eyecare Clinic:  Anterior Segment”, Lifelearn Eye Care CD-ROM Based Learning and Reference Modules for Eye Care Professionals, University of Waterloo School of Optometry, Ontario, Canada, May, 1997 

 “Corneal Foreign Bodies, Corneal Ulcers Versus Infiltrates: TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, June, 1997

  “Dry Eye Syndrome, Episcleritis:  TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, August, 1997

  “How to Get More Out of Your Glaucoma Medications”, Review of Optometry, Take Charge of Glaucoma  
 Management Supplement, September, 1997

  “Herpes Simplex Keratitis, Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus: TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, October, 1997

 “Forward”, in Drugs in Primary Eyecare, Editors: D.R. Woodard and R.B. Woodard, Appleton & Lange, 1997

  “Hordeolum, Herpes Zoster:  TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, December, 1997

“Making All the Right Moves:  Tried and True Strategies for Writing More Scripts”, Optometry Today, January-February, 1998

“Iritis and Iridocyclitis, Ocular Lymphangiectasis:  TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, February, 1998

 

“What’s the Best Medicine for This Glaucoma Patient?”, Review of Optometry, March, 1998

 

“Traumatic Hyphema, Parinaud’s Oculo-Glandular Syndrome:  TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, April, 1998

 

“Glaucoma Agents”, Section in Ocular Therapeutics Handbook:  A Clinical Manual, Editors: B.E. Onofrey, L. Skorin, Jr., N.R. Holdeman, Lippincott-Raven, 1998

 

“Parinaud’s Oculo-Glandular Syndrome, Phlyctenular Keratoconjunctivitis:  TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry,  June, 1998

 

“The 1998 Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs”, Review of Optometry, June, 1998

 

“Superior Limbic Keratoconjunctivitis, Thygeson’s Superficial Punctate Keratopathy, Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis:  TPA Case Reports”, August, 1998

 

“Blepharitis, Floppy Eyelid Syndrome:  TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, October, 1998

 

“Bell’s Palsy:  TPA Case Report”, Practical Optometry, December, 1998

 

“Nonspecific Conjunctivitis:  TPA Case Report”, Practical Optometry, February, 1999

 

“The Great Contact Lens Debate:  What’s the Best Medicine for Ulcerative Keratitis?”, Review of Optometry, April, 1999

 

“Fungal Corneal Infection:  TPA Case Report”, Practical Optometry, June, 1999

 

“Optometric Medicine:  Delivering the Whole Package”, Optometric Management, July, 1999

 

“The 1999 Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs”, Review of Optometry, July, 1999

 

“Ocular Rosacea:  TPA Case Report”, Practical Optometry, August, 1999

                                                      “Dacryocystitis:  TPA Case Report”, Practical Optometry, October, 1999

 “Acute Corneal Hydrops, Neurotrophic Keratitis:  TPA Case Reports”, Practical Optometry, December, 1999

 

“Dacryoadenitis:  TPA Case Report”, Practical Optometry, February, 2000

 

“Glaucomatocyclitic Crisis:  TPA Case Report”, Practical Optometry, April, 2000

 

“The 2000 Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs”, Review of Optometry, May, 2000

 

“Blocking the Allergic Cascade” Panel Discussion, Supplement to Optometric Management, May, 2000

 

“Trichotillomania:  TPA Case Report”, Practical Optometry, June, 2000

 

“Soft Torics Made Simple”, Panel Discussion, Supplement to Contact Lens Spectrum, June, 2000

 

“New Anti-Infectives Under Development Will Boast Broader Spectrum Activity”, Panel Discussion, Primary Care Optometry News, July, 2000

 

 

Achievements, Honors, and Privileges:      

Awarded the “Glaucoma Educator of the Year” by the American Academy of Optometry, in cooperation with Randall Thomas, O.D., 1997           

 Appointed as a member of the Medical Advisory Panel, Piedmont Healthcare Alliance, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1997 - 2000

  Appointed as a member of the Editorial Board,  Primary Care Optometry News, 1995 - Present

 Appointed as a member of the Adjunct Faculty, State University of New York College of Optometry,  1993 - Present

 Appointed as a member of the Adjunct Faculty, Pacific University College of Optometry, 1993 - Present

 Appointed as a Consultant of the Council on Optometric Education by the American Optometric Association, 1993

  Appointed as a Clinical Examiner for the North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry, 1992

  Appointed as a member of the Adjunct Faculty, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1988 - Present

  Consultant Item Writer for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, 1986-1987

  Awarded the William C. Ezell Award "For the Best Article Based Upon a Lecture Given at the Southern    
 
Congress of Optometry", in cooperation with Randall Thomas, O.D. and Carson  Cox, , O.D., M.Ed., 1985

 Fellowship, American Academy of Optometry, 1984

  Appointed as a Regional Consultant of the Council on Clinical Optometric Care by the American Optometric
 
Association, 1984 – 1993

 Recipient of the American Optometric Association's "Optometric Recognition Award" for excellence in  
 
continuing professional education, 1984

 Selected as a participant of the Health Professions Scholarship Program of the United States Army during training at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1978-1981

 Selected to serve as a member of the Student Optometric Service to Haiti (S.O.S. H.) Team, 1981

 Student member of the Admissions Committee for applicants to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1977-1979

 Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Greensboro College, 1977

 Graduated from Greensboro College with Magna Cum Laude Honors, 1977

 Wall Street Journal Award from the Business Department at Greensboro College, 1977

 Selected as a Broyhill Free Enterprise Scholar by Broyhill Industries, 1973

Selected as "Mr. Senior" high school student of the year in North Carolina by Greensboro College and awarded an academic scholarship, 1973

Professional Associations:            
                        American Academy of Optometry

                        American Optometric Association

                        North Carolina Optometric Society

                        Tri-County District Optometric Society - North Carolina

                       
Contact Lens Section - American Optometric Association

                        Council on Optometric Education  -Consultant - American Optometric Association

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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