American Academy of Optometry Foundation announces the 2017 Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., Low Vision Residency Award Recipient

ORLANDO, FL (September 24, 2017) – Rachel Young, OD, Low Vision, Traumatic Brain Injury and Primary Care resident at the VA Long Beach Medical Center 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. Edward Chu, OD, FAAO, Staff Optometrist, Co-Residency Coordinator at Long Beach VAMC said “Dr. Young often goes above and beyond what is asked of her when working with Low Vision patients to ensure that not only are their visual needs taken care of, but also their emotional needs as well. I often see and hear her spending extra time with patients after their eye exam is over, reassuring, comforting, and laughing with them. She has consistently shown and continues to develop a compassionate and empathetic approach to treating her patients.”

Of the nine applicants who applied to the program, Rachel presented an impressive resume of experience in clinical, volunteer service, research, and poster presentation experience. Rachel will receive a $2,000 education award and a $750 travel fellowship to attend the Academy 2017 Chicago annual meeting in October.  

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) 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.