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Eye-Mail® Monthly is the electronic newsletter of the American Academy of Optometry. Each issue features an article of interest, Annual Meeting and Academy information, links to useful websites and more.

November Issue

Recap of Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry

Thank you to all who attended the annual meeting! If you missed it, see some of the highlights in the video below. 
This five-day event drew more than 8,000 attendees to Orlando, FL. 303 new Fellows and 13 new Diplomates were inducted into the Academy. See the full list here. The Academy also launched Optometry.TV, a new online video and interview platform which highlights important issues, trending topics, and clinical strategies 365 days a year. 

A reminder that your official CE certificate is available online. If you wish to download PDF handouts to your PC, please click here.
Be sure to save the date for Academy 2020 Nashville, October 7-10, 2020 in Nashville Tennessee!

Become a COPE Reviewer

The Academy Board supports the idea of our membership assisting the course review process, and particularly in areas where there is need.  Signing up to be a COPE Reviewer is easy. Go to the ARBO website and sign up. Click on this link to access: https://www.arbo.org/cope_reviewer_info.php or you can go to www.arbo.org, then go to COPE at the top of the page, scroll down to COPE Reviewers, and click on Become a Reviewer. There are a series of short PPT presentations with a short 5 question test after each.

This isn't intended to be a significant time commitment and you can always decline to review a course. If you accept, then you will have about a 2-week window. There is no compensation, just an opportunity to validate optometric continuing education, an essential area particularly now as we broaden our privileges and responsibilities in primary eye care.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Fennell, ARBO Executive Director.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation News

Thank you for #GettingInvolved in Orlando

Thank you to all who participated in Foundation events and programs at Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry.
Award Announcements
2019 Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowship Recipient
We are pleased to announce Sima T. Mozdbar, OD, as this year's recipient of the Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Research Fellowship. This award will fund Dr. Mozdbar's project, "Cognitive Dysfunction and the 25-Item National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire." Read more...

2019-2020 Allergan Foundation Research Grant Recipient
The Foundation, in partnership with the Allergan Foundation, is pleased to announce Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO, as the 2019-2020 recipient of the Allergan Foundation Research Grant. She has been awarded a $60,000 grant for her project, "Modeling Corneal Endothelial Cell Health Parameters as Predictors of Keratoplasty Stress." Read more...

2019 Student Giving Matching Travel Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the 2019 Foundation Student Giving Matching Travel Grant Recipients! This program was started in 2014 to create a climate of giving back to the profession and promote involvement in Academy chapters at North American schools and colleges of optometry. Read more...

2019 Johnson & Johnson Vision J. Pat Cummings Scholarship Recipients
The Foundation, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision is pleased to announce the 2019 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients. This award is bestowed annually to 2nd or 3rd year optometry students who best demonstrate the ideal eye care standards of practice as well as other achievements. Read more...
2019 Vincent Salierno Scholarship Recipients
The Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Vincent Salierno Scholarships. Students pursuing a Doctorate in Optometry degree are nominated by his/her institution for this scholarship. Each recipient receives $2,000 to apply to their tuition. Read more...

Please Update Your Profile and Check Your Preferences

Please take a moment to update your Academy member profile. To do so, visit  www.aaopt.org  and login, then select "My Account" from the top menu. From there you can update your public directory preferences, update contact information, upload a profile picture, and manage your Section and SIG membership settings. Questions? Please email us at  membership@aaoptom.org.

Optometry and Vision Science Journal Highlight

The feature article in the November 2019 issue of OVS is titled, "Corneal Endothelial Blebs Induced in Scleral Lens Wearers" by Claude Giasson et al.  
Access your subscription to OVS online