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Ralph Gundel, OD

Associate Professor

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Dr. Gundel is an associate professor whose instruction, research and treatment of patients focuses on contact lenses and contact lens specialty services.  He joined SUNY Optometry in 1989 after having earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at the College in 1981.


OD, SUNY College of Optometry, 1981
BS, SUNY at Stony Brook , 1977


2009     Research Fellowship Support Grant (The Vision Care Institute)

2007     Research Fellowship Support Grant (CooperVision)

2005     Research Fellowship Support Grant (CIBA Vision)

1995-2004    Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (NEI Grant #U1O-EY10419)   (Co-lnvestigator)

2003     Research Fellowship Support Grant (CIBA Vision)

2001     Research Fellowship Support Grant (CooperVision)

2000    Unrestricted Research  Grant (Wesley-Jessen)

1998    Empirical Fitting with Freshlook Soft Toric Lenses (Wesley-Jessen)

1997    Comparative Evaluation of CSI vs. Preclear Lenses (Wesley-Jessen)

1995    Unrestricted Research  Grant (AIIergan Optical)


Leong C, Gundel R "Patient Acceptance of Orthokeratology", CL Spectrum 25(11)  36-39, 2010.

Yu JO, Gundel RE. "Use of Acular LS in the Pain Management of Keratoconus: A Pilot Study", Opt. & Vis. Sci,  87(2); 125-130, 2010.

Cavalli Y, Gundel R "Comparing Quality of Vision in Two Lens Types", CL Spectrum 22(3): 34-38. 2007.

Rodio JJ, Gundel RE  "Piggyback Lens Systems for Keratoconus"  CL Spectrum 21(9):39-47, 2006.

Gardiner HK, Leong MA, Gundel,  RE  "Quantifying Regression with Orthokeratology",  CL Spectrum, 20(10):40-46, 2005.

Edrington TB, Gundel RE, Libassi DP, Wagner H, Pierce GE, Walline JJ, Barr JT, Olafsson HE, Steger­ May K, Achtenberg J, Wilson BS, Gordon MO, Zadnik K. "Variables Affecting Rigid Contact Lens Comfort in the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study",  Opt. & Vis. Sci., 81(3) 182-188, 2004.

Vaz TC, Gundel RE. "High and Low Contrast Visual Acuity Measurements in Spherical and Aspheric Contact Lens Wearers", Contact Lens & Anterior Eye, 26(3):147-51, 2003.

Shah AS, Gundel R "Low Contrast Visual Acuity Measurements in Single Vision and Bifocal Soft Lens Wearers", Int. Contact Lens Clinic, 27(4):119-23, 2000.