Faculty of Health Sciences
Joanne Nassar, O.D.
Chairperson - Dept of Optics & Optometry
Office: Block A, Room 402
Campus: Ashrafieh
Extension: 526

Dr Nassar was born in Michigan, brought up in Southern California but has lived extensively in different parts of the world.  Her interest in Optometry began at the age of fifteen when she developed nearsightedness herself.  She received her Associate of Arts Degree in Chemistry and was awarded the Doris May Memorial Scholarship.  She then completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Psychology at theUniversityofCalifornia,Irvine. 

She attended Southern California College of Optometry inFullerton, and graduated with her Doctor of Optometry in 1997 at the young age of twenty three.  She has been heavily involved in refractive surgery management, since the inception of Lasik.  She has seen over one hundred thirty five thousand Lasik patients, and has worked with over twenty refractive surgeons both in California, Nevada and the Middle East. 

Dr Nassar has enjoyed providing care to her patients in a multitude of aspects including specialty contact lens fits, and vision therapy services for children with Dyslexia and Visual Information Processing Deficits.  She has been traveling for over a decade with her Ophthalmologist husband, toEuropeto attend yearly seminars in refractive surgery.

Dr Nassar has been involved in Academia since 2002, but has shifted to full time teaching since 2012 and has been enjoying the didactic part of Optometry since then.

She devotes her free time to her husband and three daughters.  She enjoys traveling and has toured over 55 European cities because of her interest in historical art.

Dr Nassar is a member of the National Key Honor Society, and is an Alpha Gamma Sigma Life Member.

Dr Nassar is a member of the American Optometric Association and is Board Certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry for the treatment and management of ocular disease.

Dr Nassar has been holding workshops to benefit the local optometric community in diagnosing and evaluating patients, and plans to hold more especially on the topics of Low Vison, Academic Dysfunction and Dyslexia.

Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Optometry Degree, Southern California College of Optometry: Fullerton, Ca, May 1997
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Double Major in Biology & Psychology, University of California Irvine: Irvine, Ca, May 1993
  • Associate of Arts Degree: Major in Chemistry, Fullerton Junior College: Fullerton, Ca, July 1991
  • Valedictorian Class of 1989, Lebanon Evangelical School: Jamhour Lebanon


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