Winners of the annual awards will be recognized at the 2018 Optometry's Meeting® in June.

Announcing the 2018 AOA Award winners

The winners of the AOA annual awards will be recognized at the 2018 Optometry's Meeting® Opening General Session, Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m., in Denver, Colorado.

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision, the session also will feature keynote speaker Aron Ralston, who captured international headlines in 2003 after a canyoneering accident left him trapped between two boulders in a remote location for more than five days. Attendees will take away a true appreciation for the power of the human spirit and the value of relationships to overcome life's challenges, no matter how large or daunting one's "boulder" may be.

The Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes David Redman, O.D., of California, for his outstanding service on behalf of the profession and the visual welfare of the public. READ MORE.

The Young Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Matthew Jones, O.D., of Arkansas, who has been in practice less than 10 years and demonstrates remarkable leadership when serving the profession, patients and her community. READ MORE.

The Paraoptometric of the Year Award recognizes Carol Lovell, CPOT, CPOC, of Wyoming, for her significant contributions to the profession of paraoptometry. READ MORE.

The Optometric Educator Award recognizes Mark Swanson, O.D., of Alabama, for outstanding service on behalf of the profession, optometric education and the visual welfare of the public. READ MORE.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes Joseph Mallinger, O.D., of California, for his unusually significant contributions to the profession of optometry. READ MORE.

The AOA congratulates all 2018 award nominees


The Optometrist of the Year and Young Optometrist of the Year were selected from a robust field of nominees from 27 state associations and the Armed Forces Optometric Society. Each of these AOA-member doctors of optometry have distinguished themselves, and the profession, and are deserving of recognition and appreciation.

April 5, 2018

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