Whitney Hauser, O.D.

1245 Madison Ave  Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Phone: 901.229.2137  E-Mail: whitneyhauser@sco.edu

Professional Experience

Southern College of Optometry – Assistant Professor                                                                                             2013-present

n  Clinician and Instructor in Adult Primary Care and Ocular Disease Services

n  Clinical Integrative Analysis Instructor (2013-present)

n  Anterior Segment Laboratory Instructor (2014-2015)

n  Doctor and Clinical Development Consultant, TearWell Advanced Dry Eye Center – (2014 – present)

n  Faculty Adviser for the State of Colorado (2014 – present)

n  Faculty Advisor for Gamma Omicron, Service fraternity (2014 – present)

n  Research Committee member, (2016 – present)

n  Summer Research Program, Faculty Project Contributor (2016-present)


Signal Ophthalmic Consulting – Consultant & Founder                                                                                          2014-present

n  Create high-touch patient care models for niche markets (LASIK, premium cataract surgery, dry eye)

n  Evaluate clinical efficiency, standard operating procedures and staffing needs

n  Instruct physicians and staff on methods to increase conversion of elective procedures

n  Design patient recruitment strategies through marketing, referral network development and social media


Toyos Clinic/TLC Laser Eye – Clinical Director                                                                                                                2003-2013

n  Provide pre-operative and post-operative care to patients

n  Initiate market growth by establishment of an affiliate network

n  Evaluation and treatment of ocular disease

n  Provide LASIK screenings/consultations

n  Management of 10-12 staff

n  Organize and lecture for Continuing Education events

n  Research coordinator (2008-2013)

n  Study coordinator for Alcon Laboratories Bacterial Conjunctivitis Study – 2008

n  Adjunct Faculty Member for Southern College of Optometry -2008 – 2013

n  Study coordinator for “The Automated Pupillometry to Determine Concussion in Athletes” 2011.

n  Study coordinator for “A Prospective Study of the Effects of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) on Dry Eye Syndrome as measured by Keratograph” World Ophthalmology Congress, 2012.

n  Study coordinator for “Intense Pulse Light (IPL) for Dry Eye Syndrome:  A Three-Year Case Review Evaluating Safety and Efficacy of the Treatment,” The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, 2012.


Mid-South Vision Center                                                                                                                                                          2001-2002

n  Provide comprehensive eye examinations including contact lens fitting (bifocal RGPs, prosthetic lenses)

n  Treatment of ocular disease

n  Post-operative cataract care

Invited Lectures

n  “Injectable Medications for Primary Care” Continuing Education course (July 2013/April 2014)

n  “Advanced Procedure:  Lids and Lasers” Continuing Education course, SCO Destination CE, New Orleans (February 2014)

n  “Femtosecond Cataract Surgery: The Game Changer” Grand Rounds lecture (March 2013)

n  “Women in Optometry” panel discussion, Southern College of Optometry (March 25, 2014)

n  “Orientation to Minor Surgical Procedures,” TAOP, Knoxville, TN and Jackson, TN (August 2014)

n  “Focus of the Future,” The Hayes Center for Practice Excellence, Memphis, TN (September 22, 2014)

n  “Advanced Diagnostic Testing in Ocular Surface Disease,” Southern College of Optometry, Fall CE  (October 12, 2014)

n  “Development of a Premium Dry Eye Clinic,” Allergan Advisory Board presentation to schools and colleges of optometry, November 2014.

n  “Advanced Diagnostic Testing in Ocular Surface Disease,” Southern College of Optometry, Destination CE New Orleans (February 7, 2015).

n   “Rapid Fire Retina,” Southern College of Optometry, Destination CE New Orleans (February 7, 2015).

n  “Refractive Surgery:  Watch Your Set” and “Not Just Another Uveitis,” New Orleans Contact Lens Society (March 7, 2015).

n  “Women in Optometry,” panel discussion, Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN (April 16, 2015).

n  “Ocular Surface Inflammation Detection and Management,” Spring CE, Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN, (April 17, 2015).

n  “TearWell:  Advanced Dry Eye Treatment Center Workshop,” Association of Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) meeting, (June 5, 2015).

n  “Refractive Surgery” and “Ocular Surface Disease:  Innovations in Clinical Care,” The 1st World Congress of Optometry, Medellin, Colombia, August 2015.

n  “Ocular Surface Disease: Innovations in Clinical Care,” Mississippi Optometric Association, Jackson, MS, October 2, 2015.

n  “Ocular Surface Disease:  Innovations in Clinical Care,” Southern College of Optometry Online Continuing Education library, October 2015.

n  “The Real World:  Diagnosing Dry Eye in Your Practice,” Eyecare South, Dothan, Alabama, February 5, 2016.

n  2 COPE CE, The New Orleans Contact Lens Society, New Orleans, LA, March 5, 2016.

n  “Breakfast with the Experts:  OSD,” SECO 2016, February 2016.

n  “Refractive Surgery 2016,” SECO 2016, February 2016.

n  “Glaucoma Surgery: MIGS to Trabs,” SECO 2016, February 2016.

n  “The Great Raft Debate,” with Milton Hom, OD, FAAO, David Kading, OD, FAAO, Douglas Devries, OD FAAO, SECO 2016, February 2016.

n  “MGD Learning Lab,” SECO 2016, February 2016.

n  8 COPE CE hours (glaucoma, refractive surgery, ocular surface disease, uveitis) at the Maine Optometric Association meeting, March 17-19, 2016.

n  “The Real World: Dry Eye in Your Practice,” Eye Specialty Group, Memphis, TN, March 29, 2016.

n  “Ocular Surface Disease:  Surgical Implications,” Optometric Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Society, co-presenters Paul Karpecki, OD FAAO and Josh Johnston, OD, FAAO, San Diego, CA, April 7, 2016.

n  “How to Create a Dry Eye Center,” Vision Expo East, New York City, April 2016.

n  “The Greatest Ocular Surface Disease Course Ever,” co-presenters, Drs. Jack Schaeffer and Doug Devries, Vision Expo East, New York City, April 2016.

n  “OSD:  Innovations in Clinical Care Lecture and Workshop,” Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, May 2016.

n  “OSD:  Innovations in Clinical Care”, “Uveitis:  Rare and in Your Chair”, “Refractive Surgery:  Watch Your Step,” Georgia Optometric Association, June 2016.

n  “Lid Hygiene,” Women in Optometry, Orlando, FL, June 2016.

n   “Ocular Surface Society of Optometry: Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies OSD Work-Up, Lid Disease and the Business of Dry Eye,” American Optometric Association, Boston, MA, July 2, 2016.

n  “How to Create a Dry Eye Center,” Vision Expo West, Las Vegas, September 2016.

n  “OSD Symposium 2016,” on behalf of Review of Optometry, New York City, October 2016.

n  “Dry Eye That Isn’t Dry Eye” and “OSD:  Innovations in Clinical Care,” Optometric Management Symposium, Orlando, FL, December 2016.

n  “Simple, Step-wise Approach to Treating Dry Eye Disease,” Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmology, January 25, 2017.

n  “Dry Eye Boot Camp,” Eye Surgeons of Indiana, January 29, 2017.

Articles and Publications

n  “Conquer Self-Diagnosis,” Optometric Management, March 2017. 

n  “Dry Eye:  A Young Person’s Disease,” Review of Optometry, February 2017

n  “Both Inflammation and Obstruction Require Attention,” Optometric Management, February 2017.     

n  “Stop, Look and Image,” Optometric Management, January 2017.  

n  “To Sell or Not to Sell,” Optometric Management, December 2016.

n  “Get in Front of It:  A look at the Latest Imaging Devices and Point-of Care Testing for the Anterior Segment.” Optometric Management, September 2016.

n  “Modalities for Managing Dry Eye Disease,” Cataract Refractive Surgery Today, June 2016.

n  “Understanding Millennial Patients and Staff,” Optometry Times, June 2016.

n  “5 Ways to Go Beyond Baby Shampoo for Lid Hygiene,” Optometry Times, June 2016.

n  “Mind Games,” Review of Optometry, May 2016.

n  “Is It MGD, and Does It Matter?,” Advanced Ocular Care, May 2016.

n  “Ocular Allergy is More than Itch,” Advanced Ocular Care, March 2016.

n  “Think about Dry Eye Differently,” Women in Optometry, March 2016.

n  “How to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergy,” Optometry Times, January 26, 2016

n  “Promising Dry Eye Disease Pipeline,” Advanced Ocular Care:  Ocular Therapeutics Continuing Education edition, January 2016.

n  “Educate Patients on the “Why,”” Optometric Management, January 2016.

n  “The Top Five Ways to Add Aesthetics to Your Practice,” Women in Optometry, November, 2015.

n  “Top 5 Reasons to Make Time for a Staff Huddle,” Women in Optometry, October, 2015.

n  “A Tall Order, and Then Some,” Ophthalmology Management, September 1, 2015.

n  “5 Things You Don’t Know About Punctal Plugs,” Optometry Times, August 12, 2015.

n  “Biologics:  The Third Age of Pharmaceutical Development,” Advanced Ocular Care, June 2015.

n  “Who’s Right?  The Patient or the Test?  What do you do when symptoms and objective testing don’t agree,” Review of Optometry, May 15, 2015.

n  “Premium Customer Service takes Your Practice from Good to Great,” Optometry Times, April 23, 2015.

n  “Ocular Allergy:  When to Make the Referral,” Advanced Ocular Care, April 2015.

n  “Learning the Art of Self Pay,” Ophthalmology Management, April 2015.

n  “How to Build a Dry Eye Center of Excellence,” Review of Optometry, September 15, 2014.

n  “Dry Eye, Skeet Shooting and Driving to Vegas,” Optometry Times, August 2014.

n  Author “Apple Induces Motion Sickness with iOS7,” Optometry Times, November 25, 2013.

n  Co-Author of “The Efficacy of a PEG/PG based Ocular Lubricant to reduce Transient Visual Degradation” at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, 2010.

n  Co-Author “Keep Players’ Eyes on the Ball,” Optometry Times, October 2010.

Video & Television Appearances

n  Correspondent for EyetubeOD, “Daily Coverage,” AOA, Seattle, June 2015.

n  WBUY television, “Joy in Our Town,” May 2015.

n  Host of “She Said, She Said,” EyeTubeOD, with Leslie O’Dell, OD FAAO. October 2015 – present.

n  Correspondent for EyeTubeOD “Daily Coverage,” AAO, New Orleans, October 2015.

n  “Live at 9,” WREG, Memphis, TN, September 2016.

n  Contributor for EyeTubeOD, “Daily Coverage,” MillennialEYE Live, Miami, October 2016.

n  Contributor for EyeTubeOD, “Daily Coverage,” AAOpt, Anaheim, November 2016.

n  Contributor to “DryEyeCoach.com” peer-to-peer online education hub


Southern College of Optometry – Primary Care Residency                                                                                          2002-2003

Direct patient care including pediatric and special needs patients, supervision of students in a clinical setting, guest lecturer, research experience (Study of Hypertension in Primary Care Optometry)

Southern College of Optometry                                                                                                                                              1997-2001

Student Ambassador (1998-2001), Student Class Representative (1999-2001), Graduated Magna Cum Laude (2001), Beta Sigma Kappa member, Poster presentation at American Academy of Optometry (Diagnosis and Management of Florid Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension) with Dr. James Newman.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville                                                                                                                         1992-1996

B.S. in Biology


Community Involvement

Guest Lecturer at Southern College of Optometry for residents, Marketing Board Committee member at St. Louis Catholic School, Sunday school teacher.

Professional Organizations

American Optometric Association, Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians (TAOP), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Sports Ophthalmology Society of America, Ocular Nutrition Society, Women of Vision, World Congress of Optometry, Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society, Candidate for Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry

TAOP Continuing Education committee member

Intrepid Eye Society, Founding member, 2015 - present

Awards & Distinctions

Voted Memphis Finest Young Professional by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2011.

Board Member, Ocular Surface Society of Optometry, 2015 - present.

Board Member, Optometric Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS), October 2015 - present.

Nominee for the 2016 Theia Award, Women in Optometry’s award for excellence in leadership, mentorship, education and innovation.

PCON 250, Primary Care Optometry News identified the Top 250 ODs who practice progressively, provide innovative patient care, conduct optometric research or excel in academia and share what they have learned with other optometrists to advance the profession.

Peer-viewer for Review of Optometry, 2016 – present.

Faculty member for Review of Optometry, OSD Regional Symposium, New York City, 2016.

Faculty member for OCCRS, New Technology meeting, San Diego, 2016, 2017.

Co-editor, Key Aspects of Ocular Surface Disease, New England College of Optometry, 2017.


Consultant/Speaker or Board Member for Alcon, Allergan, Akorn, BlephEx, BioTissue, Bonsai Beta, Bruder Medical, CoolDoctors, Lumenis, Novabay, Paragon BioTeck, Shire, Science Based Health, Tearscience, TearLab, 1800DOCTORS

Founder and CEO of Signal Ophthalmic Consulting and DryEyeCoach.com