Joseph T. Barr Early Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award


In 2012, in recognition of extraordinary contributions to optometry and contact lenses, the AOF established a fund to honor an exceptional mentor and role model of our profession, Dr. Joseph T. Barr. Through his career, Dr. Barr has served in multiple roles including as a professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, Chair of the AAO Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses, editor of Contact Lens Spectrum, and Vice-President Clinical & Medical Affairs Global Vision Care at Bausch + Lomb.  Dr. Barr's commitment to make a difference in the profession continued with his memberhsip in the AOF President's Circle of giving, as a previous member on the Foundation Board of Directors, and as chair of the AOF Corporate Advisory Committee.




The first Joseph T. Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award will be presented at the 2017 AAO meeting. This Award will provide $2,000 of seed funding and $750 travel funding to the AAO annual meeting. There are funds to support one student each year, and we are close to reaching the goal to present two annual awards.

With your donation or pledge, we can reach the goal to support a second Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award to provide seed funding for two entering first or second year MS or PhD student.


Contribution Form

Pledges and contributions are strongly encouraged. Please use the pledge form (PDF format) to make a contribution to the Joseph T. Barr Fund.