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Charlotte Joslin - Ophthalmology

Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD


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Charlotte E. Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO is Director of the Contact Lens Service, Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, College of Medicine and Departmental Affiliate, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health at University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Joslin is a clinician-scientist and epidemiologist, and currently leads the Study of Latinos "SOL" Ojos (eyes), a National Eye Institute (NEI)-funded ancillary project to the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a comprehensive, longitudinal, multicenter cohort study that began in 2008 and is the largest longitudinal epidemiologic study of Latinos ever fielded.  SOL Ojos, a cohort study designed to assess the prevalence of chronic eye disease and its associations with risk factors across participants of diverse Hispanic/Latino backgrounds, will yield important insights into how best to preserve eye health in this rapidly growing and diverse segment of the U.S. population.  Dr. Joslin also works with Ali Djalilian, MD in the design and coordination of early clinical trials related to regenerative corneal translational research projects funded by the Department of Defense and NEI.

Previous efforts include work as the principal investigator of the Chicago-area Acanthamoeba Keratitis study along with Elmer Tu, MD, and extensive experience with big data in the secondary analysis of large, existing data sets.

Clinically, Dr. Joslin focuses primarily on medically-necessary contact lenses in patients with various complex corneal diseases including keratoconus, post-corneal transplant, dry eye disease, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), limbal stem cell deficiency, Sjögren's syndrome, neurotrophic keratitis, corneal scarring, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and aphakia, to name a few.  Dr. Joslin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and a Diplomate of the AAO's Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies.  She also serves on the AAO's Scientific Program Committee.

Language : English

Specialties & Services

  • Contact Lenses
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Keratoconus
  • Post-corneal Transplant
  • Dry Eye Disease
  • Ocular Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)
  • Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Neurotrophic Keratitis
  • Corneal Scarring
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Aphakia


Specialty Care Building

1009 S. Wood St.
Chicago, IL 60612
312.996.EYES (3937)


  • Board Certification: National Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • Medical School: Ohio State University, College of Optometry
  • Post Doctoral Studies: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Residency: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center