Helmer Schweizer is a trained optometrist (Germany), specialized in contact lenses (CLs). He joined CL industry after some years in private practice, now works there for more than 29 years. Helmer held positions in professional affairs, R&D, new business development, marketing and sales etc. In this time, he published many articles and did presentations in more than 70 countries.
From 2003 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2017, he was president of EUROMCONTACT and chairman of the European Contact Lens Forum (ECLF) from 2007 to 2017. Helmer teaches parts CLs at the school of optometry in Novi Sad (Serbia) as visiting Professor and parts in Velika Gorica (Croatia).
He published articles, exhibited posters, wrote book chapters and is presenting and doing workshops in many countries and at a great number of congresses. He was recipient of the EFLCIN Award 2012 and the IACLE contact lens educator of year for EURMEA in 2015.
Beside being an optometrist, he also holds two MBA degrees (Robert H. Smith school of Business, University of Maryland, USA and the Lorange Institute of Business in Zurich, Switzerland). In his spare time, he enjoys his family, sailing (two times European and Swiss champion) and skiing.