Nominate ODs for prestigious Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame nominations open for 2015

The 2014 National Optometry Hall of Fame inductees (from left) Ron Fair, O.D., Arol R. Augsburger, O.D., and Karla Zadnik, O.D., Ph.D., with T. Joel Byars, O.D., board president of Optometry Cares® —The AOA Foundation, join esteemed colleagues who have made significant contributions to the profession.

The National Optometry Hall of Fame has recognized outstanding optometrists since 1998.

Optometrists make a world of difference daily, but for those who have consistently gone above and beyond to make a significant impact, consider recognizing them for one of the profession's highest honors.

Nominations for the 2015 National Optometry Hall of Fame are now being accepted online with inductees to be honored at Optometry's Meeting® 2015, June 24-27, in Seattle, Washington. The deadline for online submissions is Jan. 15, 2015

Administered by Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation, the National Optometry Hall of Fame has recognized outstanding optometrists who have made long-lasting contributions to the profession since 1998. Click here to see a list of prior inductees.

Who's eligible for nomination?
New this year, optometrists may be nominated for one of two categories—either Academia or Private Practice/Federal Service—with a minimum of one person inducted into both categories. Nominees must meet specific criteria for either category, but general eligibility requirements state nominees must:

  • Have more than 30 years' service in the profession

  • Be involved in optometric clinical care, private practice, federal service, academia, research or industry

  • Have records of dedicated service and lifetime achievements or contributions

National Optometry Hall of Fame nominations are valid for consideration for four consecutive years, and ODs nominated for the 2014 AOA Distinguished Service Award will be placed into the Hall of Fame selection pool for 2015.

Click here to access the online nomination forms. All nominees should be prepared to provide these further materials for consideration:

  • Nominee's curriculum vitae

  • Minimum of two letters of support

  • Photo of nominee if available (current head and shoulder photo, preferred)

Contact the AOA Foundation at 314.983.4200 or send an email to if you have questions about the nomination process.

November 19, 2014

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