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Dr. Barry Tannen introduced the Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) into our practice in 1993. Many of our patients that started wearing their GVSS retainer lenses in the early 1990’s continue to do so today. He was one of the first doctors in the United States to use Orthokeratology, the generic term for GVSS, to improve children’s vision non-surgically. Dr. Tannen has also lectured to other optometric physicians in the area of Orthokeratology. He fit Dr. Despotidis’ children in 1998. He is specifically trained and certified to use FDA approved Paragon CRT lenses with the Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS).

Dr. Tannen graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where he won the prestigious COVD/Brock Award for clinical excellence in vision therapy. He served as an officer in the United States Public Health Service for three years before founding EyeCare Professionals, P.C. with Dr. Despotidis. Dr. Tannen is an Associate Clinical Professor of Optometry at the SUNY/State College of Optometry in New York, where he is the Director of the Eye Movement and Biofeedback Clinic. He has co-authored a clinical textbook used by other eye doctors as well as having published numerous papers in professional journals. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and is Board Certified in vision therapy as a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Dr. Nicholas Despotidis is a leading expert in the field of Orthokeratology, the generic term for the Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS). He has devoted his practice to this area of expertise since his children, Nicholas and Gregory, have worn the retainer lenses since the age of 10 and 7. He has had the privilege of fitting hundreds of patients with Gentle Vision Shaping Retainers and seeing them grow from children to young adults.

Dr. Despotidis has lectured to hundreds of parents throughout the state of New Jersey, describing the benefits of the GVSS technique. He was also featured by Paragon Vision Sciences, the maker of the FDA approved lenses used in the GVSS technique, in their “Meet the Experts” seminar describing the technique to eye physicians throughout the United States.

Dr. Despotidis (Dr. D) graduated with honors from The State College of Optometry in New York. He later completed a residency in vision therapy and pediatric vision. Among his many honors was the distinguished Barnes-Hind Award for excellence in contact lens fitting. He has published many papers in optometric journals, as well as being a frequent lecturer. He is the co-founder of EyeCare Professionals, P.C., a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and is Board Certified in vision therapy as a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Dr. Ivan Lee has extensive experience fitting patients with Orthokeratology lenses and wears the GVSS lenses himself, since 2001. Since that time he has fit hundreds of patients with GVSS retainer lenses. More recently, he has joined Dr. Despotidis and Tannen by lecturing to interested parents and patients on the benefit of this technique.

Dr. Lee, a native of Edision, New Jersey, completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University and obtained his Doctorate of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 1997. He underwent an internship at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida and did his residency in Ocular Disease at the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1998. Dr. Lee is specifically trained and certified to use FDA approved Paragon CRT lenses, with the Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS).

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