American Optometric Foundation Announces The 2016 Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Low Vision Residency Award Recipient


ORLANDO, FL (September 2, 2016) – Erin M. Kenny, OD, Low Vision Rehabilitation resident at the Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University was chosen by a committee of members in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s recipient for the Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., Low Vision Residency Award.

Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., OD, DOS, FAAO lead a career marked by stellar accomplishments as a teacher, writer, lecturer and administrator and was the recipient of numerous awards. Dr. Rosenbloom was not only one of the first Ezell Fellows but published more than 75 professional journal articles on topics of low vision rehabilitation, optometric gerontology, optometric education and public health, and co-authored three major textbooks including Vision and Aging.

The award is intended to promote the practice and development of the field of low vision by providing incentive and support to sustain talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to practice, research, and education. Sarah Appel, OD, FAAO, Diplomate Low Vision Rehabilitation and Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center said “Dr. Kenny possesses a keen intellect, excellent clinical skills and a true passion for low vision rehabilitation and holistic patient care. I have no doubt she will be a significant asset to our educational program as well as the field of low vision rehabilitation.”

Of the five applicants who applied to the program, Erin presented an impressive resume of experience in clinical, volunteer service, research, and poster presentation experience. Erin will receive a $2,000 education award and a $750 travel fellowship to attend the Academy 2016 Anaheim annual meeting in November. 

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) is a 501(c) (3) philanthropic organization that develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to Improve patient clinical care and is an affiliate of the AAO.