Awards honor the best of the profession

Whether fighting on behalf of optometry or improving eye care for the public, the AOA's annual award winners have done their part for the profession. They were recognized June 27 at the 2013 Optometry's Meeting® Opening General Session, sponsored by Essilor.

Dr. Lewis

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes Thomas L. Lewis, O.D., Ph.D., for his unusually significant contributions to the profession of optometry. Dr. Lewis retired as president of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in May and was inducted it the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2012.

  
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Dr. DraisinThe Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Neil Draisin, O.D., for his outstanding services on behalf of the profession and to the visual welfare of the public. Dr. Draisin has practiced optometry in Charleston, S.C., for more than 40 years and specializes in vision therapy.


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Sandra Fortenberry, O.D.The Young Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes Sandra Fortenberry, O.D., who has been in practice less than 10 years and has demonstrated remarkable leadership in serving the profession, patients and her community. Dr. Fortenberry is the director of continuing education and professional relations at the Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio and serves on the Texas Optometric Association's Board of Directors.


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Dr. EarleyThe Optometric Educator Award recognizes Michael J. Earley, O.D., Ph.D., for performance of outstanding services on behalf of the profession, optometric education and the visual welfare of the public. Dr. Early is assistant dean for clinical services at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and is actively involved in clinical research projects.


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Hymes and HarkinThe Apollo Award honors Sen. Tom Harkin for distinguished service to the visual welfare of the public. Sen. Harkin represented Iowa in the Senate for 29 years and championed the AOA-backed provider non-discrimination provision included in the Affordable Care Act.


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GodeauxThe Paraoptometric of the Year Award honors Amy Godeaux, CPOT, for her significant contributions to the field of paraoptometry. She revived the Louisiana Paraoptometric Association, doubling its membership in two years, and serves as its president.


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July 12, 2013

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