National Optometry Hall of Fame

Since 1998, the National Optometry Hall of Fame has recognized and honored optometrists who are luminaries of the professions — those who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to the optometric profession. Originally created by the Ohio Optometric Association, the National Optometry Hall of Fame.

Eligibility Requirements:

Open to all optometrists:

  1. Involved in optometric clinical care, private practice, federal service, academia, research or industry.
  2. With records of dedicated service, lifetime achievements and enduring lifetime contributions.
  3. Involved in the profession of optometry for over 30 years with the majority of optometric career to be in the United States.
  4. Must be a resident of the United States.

Selection Criteria Academia Category*:
Scholastic Accomplishments (20%)
Leadership Contributions (20%)
Community Service, Professional and Civic (20%)
Impact of Contributions (30%)

*Academia Category includes Academic and Scholastic achievement in a College or University as well as Research or Industry accomplishments.

Selection Criteria Private Practice/Federal Service Category*:
Patient Care Accomplishments (20%)
Local, State, and National Optometric Service (20%)
Community Service, Professional and Civic (20%)
Impact of Contributions (30%)

*Private Practice/Federal Service Category includes service in optometric clinical care, private practice, or federal service.

Please take note of the weight given to each different criterion. In addition to the listed criteria, 10% of the nominee’s score may be awarded for “other” contributions of significance.

The nomination form allows narrative answers for each of the criteria. Please do not rely on the vitae and letters of support alone to describe the nominee’s qualifications for induction.

2024 Hall of Fame Nominations will close on Monday, February 19, 2024.

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List of  National Optometry Hall of Fame previous Inductees

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