Dr. Bronson W. Hamada began his pre-optometry studies at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where he was a top-ranked fencer and NCAA All-American. He attended Optometry School at Indiana University. After Graduation, he founded Surf City Optometry in Huntington Beach, California. Surf City Optometry is now considered one of the country’s premier private practices. He is licensed in both California and Hawaii. He has been a consultant and clinical investigator to the contact lens industry and a clinical preceptor. Dr. Hamada is the optometrist for the CSUF Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. As a fun fact, he met his wife Jocelyn at CSUF when they were both student peer counselors. Dr. Hamada volunteers for the Special Olympics “Opening Eyes” Program, which is dedicated to health, wellness, and fitness for special athletes. Dr. Hamada was a key advisor to Nike during the development of the NIKE SPARQ Sensory Training Program (Nike SST), under the direction of Dr. Alan W. Reichow, Nike’s Global Research Director of Vision Sciences. Nike SST was a novel initiative to assess and train specific sports vision and sensory skills to improve athletic performance. It included the development of the Nike Sensory Kiosk and the Nike Vapor Strobe Glasses. Dr. Hamada helped develop the protocols and helped build the database of athlete profiles that are still utilized today. He also served as the liaison between training facilities, eye care practitioners, and the Nike SST team. Since the 2016 inaugural NFL football season and the return to Los Angeles, Dr. Hamada has served as the Director of Vision Performance for the Los Angeles Rams. During this time, the Rams have been Division and Conference Champions and played in Super Bowl LIII. Since 2018, Dr. Hamada has been the team optometrist for the Los Angeles Angels. Most recently, he worked with the Anaheim Ducks Hockey goalie prospects. His client list includes extreme sports athletes and Red Bull High Performance. Dr. Hamada has been the trusted vision specialist to many professional sports teams and elite athletes in Southern California and nationwide. Seven U.S. National Teams rely on Dr. Hamada’s Sports Vision Performance Program for assessment, remedial services, and enhancement training of Team USA athletes. Overview:
Dr. Hamada enjoys spending time with his wife Jocelyn and children Sophie, Brian, and Lili. One of his favorite destinations is Hawaii (where his family is from and where his daughter Sophie currently resides). He also enjoys attending the sporting events his athletes and teams are participating in.
Eric Sugarman spent 25 seasons working as an athletic trainer in the NFL. He, most recently, was the Vice President of Sports Medicine and Infection Control Officer for the Minnesota Vikings. Currently, he serves as a consultant to the NFL Player Health and Safety team. During his tenure with the Vikings, Sugarman supervised the evaluation and care of all injuries sustained. He and his staff were instrumental in helping many players return from severe injury by creating or enhancing rehabilitation protocols. As example, during the 2012 offseason, Sugarman and his staff worked with RB Adrian Peterson on his remarkable comeback from a severe knee injury in late December 2011. Peterson returned to action for the 2012 season opener and went on to exceed all outside expectations by rushing for 2,097 yards, the 2nd-best season in NFL history, and earning NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year honors in the NFL along with 1st-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition. Sugarman has worked closely in the past with Dr. Alan Reichow and Nike on various vision related product and service innovations, and under Sugarman the Vikings were among the 1st professional sports teams to integrate Nike MaxSight. In 2010, Sugarman and former Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress were co-winners of the American Optometric Association’s Eagle Award and in 2009 ESPN Magazine recognized him as the NFL’s Most Irreplaceable Athletic Trainer. Sugarman facilitated PVTI / ALTIUS being showcased as one of only 80 sports medicine companies invited to participate during the PFATS (Professional Football Athletic Trainer’s Society) Annual Meeting in March 2023. As he says, “Athletes at all levels are constantly looking for the edge. ALTIUS Contact Lenses can provide that edge. Additionally, and critically, they have the science to back it up”.
Dr. Richard Wu graduated from the optometry and visual science programs at Pacific University, College of Optometry, Oregon, USA. While living in Taiwan, Dr. Wu taught and founded two optometry programs at two universities and retired as an associate professor. Dr. Wu also founded Eye Plus Group in Taiwan, where it pioneered collaboration between optometrists and ophthalmologists in a group practice modality. It is now one of the major eye care chain clinics in Taiwan. Currently, Dr. Wu is the general manager of Brighten Optix Corporation, a public traded specialty contact lens manufacturing based in Taipei. Taiwan.
Mark Andre, F.A.A.O. is a recently retired Associate Professor of Optometry at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. He previously was the Director of the Contact Lens Services at the Casey Eye Institute, on the campus of the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He has been a consultant to most of the major soft contact lens companies in the US in the last 30 years, most recently with CooperVision. He received his degree in Ophthalmic Technology from Pima College in Tucson, Arizona and also received a Certificate in Management from Marquette University’s School of Business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry’s Cornea and Contact Lens Section and a fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America. Mark has extensive clinical experience in the treatment of complex contact lens cases. He has been instructing both Ophthalmology and Optometry Residents on this subject since 1979. He is a well-known lecturer both nationally and internationally and was named one of the “30 Most Influential in Contact Lenses” in the September 2016 issue of Contact Lens Spectrum. Mark was lead on designing the ALTIUS lens parameters to achieve the best handling and most comfortable lens possible, knowing that most wearers would be non-contact lens wearers without a vision correction. Mark is listed as one of the Inventors on the pending ALTIUS patent.
Dr. Fraser Horn is Dean of the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. Dr. Horn started his Pacific career as an undergraduate studying biology before earning his Doctor of Optometry in 2004 from the College of Optometry. He later completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at Perry Point VAMHSC in Maryland. In 2005, he joined the faculty at Pacific, where he has also served as Director of Pacific Eye Clinics in Washington County (2007-2012) and was Associate Dean of Academic Programs (2012-2019). Dr. Horn is an expert in sports vision, presenting and publishing extensively on advances in the field. He has led the College of Optometry’s Sports Vision Club in offering screenings to Pacific athletes and serves as part of Pacific University’s Athletics’ sports medicine team as team optometrist as well as team optometrist for the Portland Timbers MLS Team. Dr. Horn has also practiced as an optometrist at several clinics throughout the Portland area and served as a consultant for Nike. He currently co-owns his own business, Sports Vision Pros, which focuses on the intersection of vision and athletic performance. Having been a student under Dr’s. Alan Reichow and Karl Citek during the research and development of Nike MaxSight, and then a colleague of both at the University, he is excited to assist in collaborative efforts between ALTIUS and the Sports Vision communities.