For Immediate Release: American Academy of Optometry Provides Financial Assistance to Meeting Attendees from Puerto Rico

Published November 7, 2017

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2017
Contact: Jenny Brown
JennyB@aaoptom.org

American Academy of Optometry Provides Financial Assistance to Meeting Attendees from Puerto Rico 

The devastation in Puerto Rico caused by the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria have led to the closure of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry until damage can be repaired. In response to the disaster, the American Academy of Optometry has secured funding to provide financial assistance to optometrists, students and others from Puerto Rico who attended Academy 2017 Chicago. 

Through the generosity of Cooper Vision and National Vision, as well as individual donors, the Academy will provide student travel fellowships in the amount of $750 to each student from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry (IAUPR) who was able to attend the meeting. In addition, individuals residing in Puerto Rico who were registered for Academy 2017 Chicago received refunds on registration fees paid regardless of if the person was or was not able to attend the meeting.

“Given the destruction and ongoing reconstruction taking place in Puerto Rico after the recent hurricanes, the Academy was pleased to be able to organize financial assistance to help the IAUPR optometry students to attend our recent meeting in Chicago. We sincerely thank our sponsors for their quick and generous response to the crisis. It allowed 52 students to continue their educational endeavors while their school is currently closed,” said Dr. Joseph P. Shovlin, President of the American Academy of Optometry.

About the American Academy of Optometry

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange.

The next annual meeting of the Academy will be November 7-10, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. For more information, visit: http://www.aaopt.org