Dr. Paul Chous was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus at age five. He completed his undergraduate education at Brown University and UC Irvine, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and then received his Masters and Doctorate of Optometry degrees with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Paul has a private practice specializing in diabetes eye care and education in Tacoma, WA. He is the author of Diabetic Eye Disease: Lessons From a Diabetic Eye Doctor (Fairwood Press, Seattle, 2003), which was included in the “Top 12 Diabetes Books” by Diabetes Update magazine in 2004. He is a feature writer for the web sites dLife.com and diabetesincontrol.com, editorial advisor to Review of Optometry and Optometry Times, American Optometric Association representative to the National Diabetes Education Program, Primary Investigator for the Diabetes Visual Function Supplement Study (DiVFuSS), and an adjunct instructor at NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Chous has authored more than one hundred articles on diabetes and diabetic eye disease, and frequently lectures on these topics in the US and internationally.