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WCO to Award Optometrists

WCO to award optometrists who have made a significant contribution to global eye and vision care

August 2012

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has opened nominations to find recipients for two international awards in a bid to recognise the efforts of optometrists who have made a significant contribution to global eye and vision care.

Nominations are sought for the Distinguished Service Award and International Optometrist Award.

The Distinguished Service Award is WCO’s highest honour, and is awarded to an optometrist who has made an outstanding contribution to the achievement of WCO’s vision and mission to create a world where high quality eye health and vision care is accessible to all.

Past winners include Dr Antonio Joson Jr, Philippines (2007), and Anthony Di Stefano, USA (2006).
The International Optometrist Award (previously known as the International Optometrist of the Year Award) is given to an optometrist who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the profession worldwide.

Previous recipients of this award include Dr Tom Little, who was killed in August 2010 while leading a humanitarian health mission in Afghanistan, and Norwegian optometrist Hans Bjoern Bakketeig for his contribution to ‘Help Moldova’, a project which trains eye care professionals in the country to ensure quality care and support for those who are blind or partially sighted.

Mrs Tone Garaas-Maurdalen, WCO President, said: “These awards are a wonderful way to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals who are improving eye and vision care around the world.

"These awards also give us all a chance to reflect on how far the profession has advanced so far, and is a way for WCO to show the optometric community how grateful we are to the fantastic work that is taking place around the world. There are many optometrists who make an outstanding contribution to the profession, and I urge our members to recognise their commitment by nominating them for these awards.”

 
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