CLCS Awards

The Dr. Donald R. Korb Award is given by the American Optometric Association (AOA) Contact Lens and Cornea Section (CLCS) in recognition of an individual who has been a true innovator and leader in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment disease.  

The recipient of this award has demonstrated the following:

  1. Has propelled the profession's knowledge base through novel research or lifelong education to other professionals in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment anomalies.
  2. Has made a major developmental impact on the profession through an innovative device or educational breakthrough.
  3. Has made a positive effect on the way practitioners manage their patients with anterior segment anomalies.


To submit a nomination for the Dr. Donald R. Korb Award please email clcs@aoa.org and include the nominee's name, contact information, and a brief description of nominee's qualifications.  

The Dr. Rodger Kame Award is given by the American Optometric Association (AOA) Contact Lens and Cornea Section (CLCS) in recognition of a section member who has been a true innovator and leader in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment disease.

The recipient of this award has demonstrated the following:

  1. Has unselfishly given service to the section during the past year(s) above what is normally expected.
  2. Has made a positive impact on fellow practitioners in the eye care field.

To submit a nomination for the Dr. Roger Kame Award please email clcs@aoa.org and include the nominee's name, contact information, and a brief description of nominee's qualifications.   

The Achievement Award is given by the AOA CLCS in recognition of outstanding contribution to the optometric profession in the area of contact lenses and eye care.  Prior to 1992, this award was known as the Person of the Year Award.

The recipient of this award has demonstrated the following:

  1.  Has shown a long-term contribution in the advancement and propagation of knowledge in the field of contact lenses or eye care.
  2.  Has taught selflessly in the area of contact lenses or eye care for a number of years and has contributed to the clinical, academic, and/or research education of students, interns, residents, or clinicians.
  3.  Has made significant and unique contributions in the development of instruments, in the area of contact lenses or eye care, for the eye care practitioner.
  4.  Has made a significant and unique contribution in the management programming for the improvement of contact lens practice.
  5.  Has contributed and shared his or her knowledge with his or her fellow practitioners for the benefit of contact lenses and eye care for a number of years.

To submit a nomination for the Achievement Award please email clcs@aoa.org and include the nominee's name, contact information, and a brief description of nominee's qualifications.  

The Luminary Award for Distinguished Practice is given in recognition of a distinguished clinical practitioner who has developed a contact lens practice and who tirelessly contributes to the development of others. 

The recipient of this award has demonstrated the following:

  1. Is a member of both the AOA and the CLCS.
  2. Is in a clinical contact lens practice setting.
  3. Has demonstrated his or her "giving back" to optometry through the education of other practitioners (writer, lecturer, volunteer, mentorship, etc.).
  4. Has demonstrated a long-standing contribution and shared knowledge with fellow practitioners for the betterment of contact lens practice and eye care.

To submit a nomination for the Luminary Award please email clcs@aoa.org and include the nominee's name, contact information, and a brief description of nominee's qualifications.  

A listing of previous award winners is available here