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Jennifer S. Harthan, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Professor of Optometry; Chief, Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence

Jennifer S.




Why ICO?

ICO provides superior didactic and clinical education to all students. The technological advances and the diversity in the coursework and patient population offer students a well-rounded education; so they are well-prepared for practice once they graduate.


Jennifer S. Harthan, OD is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO). After completing a Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at ICO, she became a full-time faculty member. Dr. Harthan is a Professor at ICO and Chief of the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence at the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Harthan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Scleral Lens Education Society and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the International Keratoconus Academy. Dr. Harthan is a founding member of the SCOPE (Scleral Lenses in Current Ophthalmic Practice Evaluation) research team. She has numerous publications on the topics of complex contact lens fits and anterior segment disease. Dr. Harthan is actively involved in ocular surface disease and contact lens research and lectures on these topics at national and international meetings.

Special Interests

Specialty contact lenses, myopia management, ocular surface and dry eye disease, corneal disease, corneal ectasia/keratoconus, post-surgical cornea care


2007 Illinois College of Optometry, Cornea and Contact Lenses Residency
2006  Illinois College of Optometry, OD
2002 Bethel University, BS


2008-present Glenview Vision Care
2007-present Illinois College of Optometry

Awards & Honors

2019 Excellence in Education Award

Illinois College of Optometry

2018-2019 Fourth Year Teacher of the Year

2016 High Impact Poster Awards (ARVO)

National Keratoconus Foundation

2014 Young Alumni of the Year

Illinois College of Optometry

2013 Fourth Year Clinical Teacher of the Year

2011-2012 Resident Faculty of the Year Award

2010-2021 Author of the Most Presentations Award

ICO Research Symposium

Professional Organizations

Member, American Optometric Association

Member, Illinois Optometric Association

Member, AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry

Fellow, Scleral Lens Education Society

International Keratoconus Academy - medical advisory board


Shorter E, Harthan J, Dry eye symptoms in individuals with keratoconus wearing contact lenses. Eye Cont Lens.

Sicks L, Harthan J. Phlyctenular keratoconjunctivitis: a teaching case report. Optometric Education.

Than T, Morettin CE, Harthan JS, Hartwick ATE, Huecker JB, Johnson SD, Migneco MK, Shorter E, Whiteside M, Margolis MS, Olson CS, Alferez CS, van Zyl T, Rodic-Polic B, Storch GA, Gordon MO. Efficacy of a single administration of 5% povidone-iodine in the treatment of adenoviral conjunctivitis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 Jun 5;S0002-9394(21)00311-1.doi:10.1016;j.ajo.2021.05.018.

Whiteside MM, Shorter ES, Margolis MS, Alvi F, Huecker JB, Than TP, Migneco MK, Harthan JS, Morettin CE, Hartwick ATE, Johnson SD, Perera CD, Gordon MO. Success of masking 5% povidone-iodine treatment: the reducing adenoviral patient infected days study. Optom Vis Sci. 2021 May 1;98(5):469-475.doi:10.1097/OPX.0000000000001691.

Nau A, Shorter ES, Harthan JS, Fogt JS, Nau CB, Schornack M. Multicenter review of impression-based scleral devices. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2020 Nov 13:S1367-0484(20)30193-4. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.10.010 .

Shorter E, Schornack M, Harthan J, Nau A, Fogt J, Cao D, Nau C. Keratoconus Patient Satisfaction and Care Burden with Corneal Gas-permeable and Scleral Lenses. Optom Vis Sci. 2020 Sep;97(9):790-796. doi:0.1097/OPX.0000000000001565. 

Harthan JS, Schornack M, Nau CB, Nau AC, Fogt JS, Shorter ES. Current U.S. based optometric scleral lens curricula and fitting recommendations: SCOPE educators survey. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2020 Sep 17:S1367-0484(20)30137-5. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.07.004. 

Fogt JS, Nau CB, Schornack M, Shorter E, Nau A, Harthan JS. Comparison of Pneumatonometry and Transpalpebral Tonometry Measurements of Intraocular Pressure during Scleral Lens Wear. Optom Vis Sci. 2020 Sep;97(9):711-719. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000001574.

Schornack MM, Fogt J, Harthan J, Nau CB, Nau A, Cao D, Shorter E. Factors associated with patient-reported midday fogging in established scleral lens wearers. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2020 Dec;43(6):602-608. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.03.005. 

Mickles CV, Harthan JS, Barnett M. Assessment of a Novel Lens Surface Treatment for Scleral Lens Wearers With Dry Eye. Eye Contact Lens. 2020 Nov 3. doi: 10.1097/ICL.0000000000000754. 

Shorter E, Whiteside M, Harthan J, et al. Safety and tolerability of a one-time, in-office administration of 5% povidone-iodine in the treatment of adenoviral conjunctivitis: The Reducing Adenoviral Patient Infected Days (RAPID) study. Ocul Surf. 2019. PMID:31401340.

Harthan JS, Shorter E, Nau C, Nau A, Schornack MM, Zhuang X, Fogt J. Scleral lens fitting and assessment strategies. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2018 Oct 31. 2018 Oct 31. pii: S1367-0484(18)30851-8. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2018.10.020. [Epub ahead of print]

Harthan JS, Sicks L. Sutureless amniotic membranes (Prokera®) for filamentary keratitis: a case series. Special Issue: Amniotic Membrane. Journal of Dry Eye Ocular Surface Disease. Accepted June 21, 2018

Caffery B, Harthan J, Srinivasan S, Acs M, Barnett M, Edmonds C, Johnson-Tong L, Maharaj R, Pemberton B, Papinksi, D. Sjogren’s syndrome in optometric practices in North America. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 18 August 2018

Schornack, M, Nau C, Nau A, Harthan J, Fogt J, Shorter E. Visual and physiological outcomes of scleral lens wear. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 08 Aug 2018.

Harthan JS, Shorter E. Therapeutic uses of scleral contact lenses for ocular surface disease: patient selection and special considerations. Clinical Optometry. 2018 Jul 11;10: 65-74.

Fromstein SR, Harthan JS, Patel J, Opitz DL. Demodex blepharitis: clinical perspectives. Clinical Optometry. 2018 Jul 4;10: 57-63.

Acs M, Caffery B, Barnett M, Edmonds C, Johnson-Tong L, Maharaj R, Pemberton B, Papinski D, Harthan J, Srinivasan J. Customary Practices in the Monitoring of Dry Eye Disease in Sjogren’s Sy

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