GP Specialists Opens Doors To WU Optometry Students

GP Specialists hosted an open house event for second and third year optometry students from Western University to provide an overview of the manufacturing and fitting of specialty contact lenses. Western University is offering elective courses on orthokeratology research projects.

Students see how lenses are cut at GP Specialists labDuring the event, nearly 100 students went on a guided tour of GP Specialists’ custom gas permeable and custom soft lens lab in San Diego, California which highlighted advanced manufacturing processes used to produce custom contact lenses such as: iSee™ and GOV orthokeratology lenses, iSight™ Scleral lenses, and iSight™ custom soft lenses. In addition, Mark Cosgrove, Director of Operations, gave students instruction on fitting orthokeratology lenses while Dr. Harvey Yamamoto facilitated and open forum discussion sharing his 50 plus years of experience as an optometrist.

“Opening up our lab to the students studying orthokeratology as part of their curriculum at Western University was a great opportunity for us to provide real world scenarios on working with specialty contact lenses and to share some of the tricks of the trade that these future optometrists will be able to use in their practices,” said Matthew Pogue, Director of Sales for GP Specialists.

The success of the event was expressed by Dr. Donald Egan who said, “I want to personally thank you, your staff and Dr Y for a great tour, lecture series and luncheon. The students are still raving about what a wonderful time they had such that those who couldn’t make it are already making reservations for next year.”Dr Yamamoto specialty soft lenses with GP Specialists

More information about GP Specialists and their full line of custom gas permeable and soft contact lenses is available at or by calling 800-889-0379. Additionally you may visit GP Specialists orthokeratology consumer website at

Background: GP Specialists has been manufacturing gas permeable lenses for more than 35 years. Originally based in Phoenix, Arizona, the lab was relocated to San Clemente, California in 2003 where it began to increase its orthokeratology business. Then in 2011 GP Specialists purchased American BioCurve and moved the lab into their larger facility in San Diego to allow for increased production capacity. Today GP Specialists is one of the world leaders in the field of orthokeratology offering its FDA approved Fargo™ series, Gobal-OK Vision’s GOV™ series, Paragon’s CRT™ lenses and now our new iSee™ advanced orthokeratology lens. Additionally, with the purchase of American BioCurve, GP Specialists now also offers iSight™ custom soft contact lenses. Recently the lab has added the new Yamakone™ keratoconus custom soft contact lens manufactured in Silicone Hydrogel material.

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