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AAO Public Health and Environmental Vision Section Announces 2017 Henry B. Peters Award Recipient.
New CET advice for extended primary eye care services published.
American Academy of Optometry Announces 2017 Award Recipients
GOC appoints three new members to committees.

AAO Public Health and Environmental Vision Section Announces 2017 Henry B. Peters Award Recipient.

July 2017

Melvin D ShippThe Public Health and Environmental Vision (PHEV) Section of the American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce Melvin D. Shipp, OD, MPH, DrPH, as the 2017 Henry B. Peters Award for Public Health and Environmental Vision.

The award annually recognizes an individual who has made exemplary contributions to public health and/or environmental vision over many years. There have only been three previous award selections, Drs. Alden Norman Haffner, Les Caplan and Kovin Naidoo.

“The PHEV Section is proud and pleased to acknowledge Dr. Shipp’s many significant contributions in so many areas that demonstrate the importance that our Section places on public health activities by optometrists. We are proud to bestow this honor upon him with appreciation of his many accomplishments,” remarked Debbie L. Hettler, OD, MPH, FAAO, PHEV Section Chair.

The Section is proud to include Dr. Shipp in this prestigious group in recognition of his many contributions to both public health and optometry, and especially proud to recognize his Diplomate status in the section since 1990 and his service as chair of the section from 1996-1999.

As a faculty member at the UAB School of Optometry he taught public health to optometry students, was the first UAB Clinic Chief to ban smoking in a campus clinic, and was an integral part of the internationally recognized NEI funded study Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error.

His service to the Federal government on behalf of optometry includes working with the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He was a member of the NEI Planning Committee for the National Eye Health Education Project, an ongoing, nationwide program with the goal of preventing blindness through public and professional education. In 2006, he co-chaired the development of a CDC sponsored vision health initiative, Improving the Nation’s Vision Health: A Coordinated Public Health Approach. He served as the President of the American Public Health (APHA), the leading national public health organization in the United States. Dr. Shipp was the first optometrist to lead the APHA and promoted optometry within that organization and to the public at large.

Dr. Shipp will give a lecture and be honored at the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section Awards Ceremony at 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 12 in Room E264 of Lakeside Center at McCormick Place.

New CET advice for extended primary eye care services published.

July 2017

New continuing education advice for extended primary eye care services has been issued by LOCSU and endorsed by ABDO, AOP, FODO and the College of Optometrists.

The new guidance recommends that following initial accreditation, participating practitioners should obtain three CET points for MECS and one CET point for cataract post-operative review as part of the 36-point total required every three years by the GOC.

Continuing Education for Extended Primary Eye Care Services recommends governance arrangements for service providers, such as Primary Eyecare Companies (PECs), should include sharing data with practitioners to shape learning needs from performance results. PECs are advised to hold an annual meeting of all sub-contractors to update them on service performance and peer review or discussion events so that practitioners can share learning.

The guidance also sets out the learning objectives that CET specifically aimed at extended primary eye care services needs to meet.

Publishing the advice, LOCSU’s Clinical Director, Katrina Venerus: “We are pleased to launch this guidance which will support LOC Companies to demonstrate robust governance as providers of extended primary eye care services and very grateful to colleagues from across the sector for their help in developing it. We hope that it will encourage practitioners involved in extended services to reflect on their case mix and target their continuing education accordingly.”

American Academy of Optometry Announces 2017 Award Recipients

July 2017

Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless contributions to advancing the profession of optometry.

“Serving on the Awards Committee may be the most humbling yet exhilarating Academy service I have ever had the privilege to do.

This year’s nominees were wonderful examples of dedication to vision research, vision care, education, and improvement of the visual welfare of all. It was a very difficult task selecting awardees from this list of accomplished people. Every nominee represents the best of what the American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation hope to inspire in all of us. Many thanks to those who submitted nominations, and to those who served on the awards committee.,” remarked Donald O. Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO, Awards Committee Chair.

The Academy is pleased to announce the 2017 award recipients:

Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO
Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award

Mitchell Scheiman, OD, PhD, FAAO
Glenn A. Fry Award and Lecture
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Ava K. Bittner, OD, PhD, FAAO
Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Award

Luigi Bilotto, MS, OD, FAAO
AAO-Essilor Award for Outstanding
International Contributions to Optometry

C. Ellis Potter, OD, FAAO
Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

Joseph Fontenot, MD, CLVT
Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal Award

Laura Goldberg, OD, MS
Celia R. Gong
Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Richard Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO
Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award

Harue J. Marsden, OD, MS, FAAO
Eminent Service Award

Bert C. Corwin, OD, FAAO
Avrum Richler, OD, PhD, FAAO
Life Fellow Award

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO, Katie L. Greiner, OD, MS, FAAO, Mary Elizabeth McVey, OD, MS, Lisa A. Jones-Jordan, PhD, FAAO
Garland W. Clay Award

Lorraine Lombardi, PhD
Michael G. Harris Award for Excellence in Optometric Education
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Awards of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

Suzanne M.J. Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO
Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award

Lynette Johns, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Founders’ Award

Award winners will be recognized at the Academy 2017 Chicago Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 13, 8:00-10:00 AM, in E351 & E352 of McCormick Place. Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies award recipients will be honored at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 11 in Room E351.

Information on the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section Henry B. Peters Award is forthcoming.

The American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting, Academy 2017 Chicago, will take place October 11-14, 2017, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois

GOC appoints three new members to committees

July 2017

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed three new members to its advisory committees. Alicia Thompson and Geraldine McBride have joined the Education Committee and Philip Bird has joined the Registration Committee. The three new members took up their roles on 1 July 2017.

Alicia Thompson began her career in optics 30 years ago as an optical technician. She then went on to become a dispensing optician, registering in 1994 and managing a successful practice. Alicia was a clinic manager at Aston University for over ten years and in 2008 she was appointed to her current role as Director of Professional Exams for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. She is studying part time at Aston University, researching paediatric facial anthropometry in relation to spectacle frame design.

Geraldine McBride is a dispensing optician with a special interest in low vision. She is also an orthoptist and works as the senior clinician managing clinical services attached to the Ophthalmology department at University Hospital Galway, Ireland. She is actively involved in undergraduate education and research and has been a committee member on both the education and professional development committees of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society.

Philip Bird has worked in optics since 2001, joining Dollond & Aitchison as a trainee optical advisor. He qualified as a dispensing optician in 2007 before moving into practice management and then regional management. Philip is passionate about raising awareness of the value of the optical professions, both to the public and to prospective practitioners. Philip is studying at Aston Business School for an MBA, due to finish in 2018.

The committee members will provide expert advice on key areas of the GOC’s work, ensuring that it accounts for the realities of optical education and training, and a diverse range of optical practice.

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