American Academy of Optometry announces 2021 recipients of the first annual Ocutech Low Vision Research Awards

To promote increased interest in Low Vision Rehabilitation, and in collaboration with the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Ocutech, Inc. initiated its inaugural Low Vision Young Researcher Awards at the 2021 AAO Conference in Boston, MA.

Open to senior optometry students, optometrists in low vision residency programs, and optometrists within 3 years of graduation, the $750 award will be made to three individuals who are the primary authors of research posters or oral papers selected for special recognition by the AAO Low Vision Section abstract/papers committee for presentation at the AAO meeting for the current year. The recipients will be invited to present summaries of their work at the Low Vision Section meeting held in Boston, November 3, 2021.

The recipients, mentors and titles of the 2021 Awards are:

  • Alexis Williams Smith, OD, of the Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN.

Does Grit Score Correlate to Persistence of Low Vision Device Use? A Pilot Study

Co-author: Casey Krug, OD

Supervisor: Karen Squier, OD, MS, FAAO

  • Mariah Marshall, OD, of the State University of New York College of Optometry, New York, NY,

Low Vision Rehabilitation of Patients with Multiple Disabilities

Co Author: Stephen Dellostritto

Supervisors:  Rebecca Marinoff, OD; Rebekah Lin, OD

  • David Nguyen, OD, University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, TX.

That pesky blind spot: eccentric viewing training in a patient with advanced age-related macular degeneration

Supervisor: Swati Modi, OD, FAAO

For complete information about the Annual Ocutech Low Vision Research Award please contact Henry Greene, OD, FAAO, Co-founder and President, OCUTECH, Inc.

Henry A. Greene, OD, FAAO

OCUTECH, Inc.

hg@ocutech.com

For complete information about the Annual Ocutech Low Vision Research Award please contact Henry Greene, OD, FAAO, Co-founder and President, OCUTECH, Inc.

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