Dr. Howard Purcell, O.D., F.A.A.O. in his role at Essilor of America, works very closely with Essilor’s network of optometrists and optometry schools, training doctors to take on and prepare for the future of the vision care industry. He has extensive experience working alongside his father as a second-generation optometrist in Florida for ten years and served as a clinical investigator and consultant to the contact lens industry. Dr. Purcell is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Purcell is known for his energetic and enthusiastic style, making him a popular lecturer internationally. He has traveled to six continents and to most of the schools and colleges of optometry in North America. He attended all of the major eyecare meetings in North America presenting and discussing issues of interest to practitioners and students, primarily around those preparing for The Practice of the Future. He has spoken with national media outlets like Anderson Live hosted by Anderson Cooper, FoxNews.com and Wake up with Al to focus consumer attention on topics like UV and blue light protection.