Announcing the 2014 AOA Award winners
The winners of the AOA annual awards will be recognized at the 2014 Optometry's Meeting® Opening General Session, Wednesday, June 25, at 5:00 p.m., a new day and time.
Sponsored by Essilor, the session also will feature Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, who also is an inspiring survivor of cancer and a brain tumor.
Inspired and inspirational are apt descriptions of this year's AOA award winners.
The Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Peter M. Agnone, O.D., of Michigan, for his outstanding services on behalf of the profession and the visual welfare of the public. Watch the Video.
The Young Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes M. Rob Pate, O.D., of Alabama, who has been in practice less than 10 years and demonstrates remarkable leadership when serving the profession, patients and his community. Watch the Video.
The Optometric Educator Award recognizes Gilbert E. Pierce, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., of Ohio, for outstanding services on behalf of the profession, optometric education, and the visual welfare of the public. Watch the Video.
The Paraoptometric of the Year Award recognizes Roberta Beers, of Pennsylvania, for her significant contributions to the field of paraoptometry. Watch the Video.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes Paul C. Ajamian, O.D., F.A.A.O., of Georgia, for his unusually significant contributions to the profession of optometry. Watch the Video.
The Apollo Award honors Bernard Maitenaz, of Paris, France, for distinguished service to the visual welfare of the public. Maintenaz has made a significant impact on the optometric profession by inventing the Varilux lens. In 2012 alone, 20 million progressive addition lenses were prescribed and dispensed in the U.S. Watch the Video.
AOA congratulates all 2014 award nominees
The Optometrist of the Year and Young Optometrist of the Year were selected from a robust field of nominees from 36 state associations and the Armed Forces Optometric Society. All of these AOA member doctors of optometry have distinguished themselves, and the profession, and are deserving of recognition and appreciation.