Dr. Zachary Holland, OD, FSLS
Dr. Zac Holland graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2015 after finishing his undergraduate degree at Augustana College in Biology. He has been seeing patients at the Cornea and Contact Lens Institute of Minnesota since 2015 and took full ownership of CCLIM in 2020. He enjoys working with patients that have previously been told they are not a good candidate for contact lenses or have had poor experiences with contacts in the past and are looking for a different experience.
Dr. Holland’s training includes managing advanced level ocular diseases, specialty contact lenses, and some vision therapy along with low vision training at the VA. He has been honored with the distinction of “Fellow” of the Scleral Lens Education Society (FSLS), which is bestowed on advanced level practitioners within the specialty lens industry. There are less than two hundred people in the world with this honor. He also sits on the board of the Minnesota Contact Lens Society and has published articles as well as given lectures to optometrists across state lines in the field of contact lenses. He is a proud member of the Minnesota Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.
It has always been a pleasure to participate in the training of the next generation’s leaders. At CCLIM, we have been committed, since our inception, to working with students from all over the United States to learn about custom contact lenses. We will continue to be a leading institution in the field of contact lenses when it comes to educating our young and future specialists. This is of special interest to Dr. Holland as he was trained at CCLIM and takes this responsibility to give back to the profession very seriously. CCLIM has always been on the cutting edge of technology and regularly participates in FDA and clinical studies in the attempt to develop new, safe, and effective products for colleagues and patients.
Dr. Holland has made Minnesota his home after a childhood in Des Moines, Iowa. He enjoys working on small woodworking projects, regular exercise, and rooting for the Iowa Hawkeyes football, basketball, and wrestling teams. Dr. Holland also has a passion for youth sports. He grew up playing baseball and running the cross country but excelled in wrestling in high school and college and has previously coached wrestling in the Twin Cities. His free time is mostly taken up by his loving wife (who is also an optometrist) and his two young daughters.
Dr. Katelyn Schneider, OD
Dr. Katelyn (Katie) Schneider attended the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society. During optometry school, Dr. Schneider volunteered on a mission trip to Guerrero, Mexico, where she and her fellow peers provided medical eye care, determining candidacy for cataract surgery, and worked alongside ophthalmologists for cataract pre- and post-op evaluations for over 300 patients during a 3-day clinic period.
Dr. Schneider is a South Dakota native and completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. While attending UMD, Dr. Schneider played on the women’s soccer team. She helped the Bulldogs advance to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Go Dogs!
Dr. Schneider is trained in the art of custom contact lenses and specializes in fitting patients with keratoconus, post-corneal grafts, and other corneal diseases, as well as patients that just want better vision through contact lenses. Over the years, Dr. Schneider has developed a passion for myopia management and loves working with patients of all ages to help slow the progression of myopia. In addition to contact lenses, Dr. Schneider also has experience in pediatrics, dry eye, and ocular disease management including cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. She is a proud member of the Minnesota Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.
In her free time, Dr. Schneider enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, running, and is an aspiring dog mom.