American Academy of Optometry - Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contributions to Optometry

American Academy of Optometry - Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contributions to Optometry

"Essilor International Award"

This award recognizes an individual, individuals or organizations for extraordinary international contributions to optometry or international eye care.

Criteria: The American Academy of Optometry - Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contributions to Optometry recognizes an individual(s) or organizations whose direct efforts and contributions have resulted in unquestionably significant and extraordinary advances in optometry and eye care internationally.

Since the Award is only to be made from nominations of truly extraordinary international contributions to optometry or eye care, it will not necessarily be awarded every year. The recipient's contributions should be clearly documented and self-evident, in that the excellence and importance of the contributions have been established and known to the international optometric community.

There are a number of ways in which the contributions might qualify for nomination, such as:

  • Contributions outside of the United States and Canada that have advanced excellence in optometric education and/or eye care in multiple countries; or alternatively in a single country, if the contribution results in a truly dramatic change in that country.
  • Unusual contributions that might be demonstrated through one of many avenues including, but not limited to, research, education, patient care or legislative efforts.
  • Unique contributions resulting in the improvement of eye care internationally, as in the instance of third world countries where the delivery of services could be considered pioneering.

Past Recipients

  • 2017- Luigi Bilotto, MS, OD, FAAO
  • 2016- Wolfgang Cagnolati, MS, DSc, FAAO
  • 2015- Rajesh Wadhwa, Rajbir Singh Berwal, Lakshmi Shinde, OD, FAAO, Vinod Daniel, Vivek Mendosa
  • 2014- Tone Garaas-Maurdalen
  • 2013- George C. Woo,OD, PhD, FAAO
  • 2012- Olanrewaju Matthew Oriowo, PhD, FAAO
  • 2011- Tom Little
  • 2010- Kovin S. Naidoo, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 2009- Gullapalli Rao
  • 2008- Feike Grit, FAAO
  • 2007- Hasan Minto
  • 2006- World Council of Optometry
  • 2005- Damien P. Smith, PhD
  • 2004- Brien Holden, PhD, FAAO