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  The International Society of Contact Lens Specialists is a non-profit organization comprised of distinguished contact lens practitioners and educators.  Since its  founding in 1953, members have gathered to share information  that advances the status of contact lens practice.  The 42nd Congress took place this year at Eastwell Manor in Ashford, Kent  UK.

    Since 1957  The Herschel gold medal has been awarded by the society  in recognition of outstanding original contributions  to contact lens design techniques and of fitting and application in clinical practice and in the education of students.

   The name “Herschel” was chosen due to Frederick William Herschel’s and later his son John  Herschel’s contributions to the principle of contact lenses, first in the treatise Light, in 1827.  Since 2006 it has been known simply as the “Herschel” medal.

Josh Josephson with ISCLS president Dr. William J. Benjamin

We are pleased to announce that this years recipient is none other than Josh Josephson.  From 1969 until 1999, Dr. Josephson was actively involved in academic and clinical research. He has lectured extensively internationally and authored or coauthored chapters in 6 texts and over ninety papers in both national and international optometric and medical research publications.

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