EYECARE American Academy of Optometry Announces 2023 Award Recipients By Staff Monday, August 7, 2023 12:18 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry has announced its 2023 award recipients, recognizing individuals who have made important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. Inspiring Excellence in Eye Care: The Academy’s awardees are nominated by Fellows who were inspired by the achievements each awardee attained in research, education, leadership and/or service to the profession. This year’s awards ceremony will be held on Oct.13, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. during Academy 2023 New Orleans in ballroom C of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. One hour of CE credit can be accrued during this two-hour event.“In New Orleans, we will celebrate these awardees and inspire the next generation of optometrists and vision scientists,” said Melissa D. Bailey, OD, PhD, FAAO, awards committee chair. The 2023 award recipients include:Eric B. Papas, PhD, BScOptomCharles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award Alex R. Bowers, PhD, MCOptom, FAAOGlenn A. Fry Award and Lecture (American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)Rabia Mobeen, BOptom, BA, MPhil OptomIrvin M. and Beatrice Borish AwardTimothy A. Wingert, OD, FAAOAmerican Academy of Optometry - Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contributions to OptometryJennifer Deakins McCreight, OD, FAAOWilliam Feinbloom AwardNathan Efron, AC, DSc, FAAOCarel C. Koch Memorial Medal AwardAnne Mika Moy, OD, FAAOVincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator AwardAnnabelle SeddonJulius F. Neumueller Award in Optics(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)Marlee M. Spafford, OD, MSc, PhD, FAAOMichael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)Vondolee Delgado-Nixon, PhD, FAAOAAOF Excellence in Diversity Awareness and Education AwardJameel Rizwana Hussaindeen, MPhil, FAAO, PhDAAOF Outstanding Emerging Leader AwardIan L. Bailey, OD, FCOptom, DSc, FAAOTony Adams Eminent Service AwardAwards of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive TechnologiesJason Nichols, OD, PhD, FAAOMax Schapero Memorial Lecture AwardRalph Stone, MS, PhDFounders’ AwardDonald Korb, OD, FAAOExemplary Service AwardAward of the Public Health and Environmental Vision SectionPadhmalatha Segu, OD, FAAOHenry B. Peters Award for Public Health and Environmental Vision(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)The section on cornea, contact lenses and refractive technologies awards will be presented during the section awards ceremony and Max Schapero lecture on Oct. 11, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 255-257. Half an hour of credit can be achieved during this one-hour session.The public health and environmental vision section will hold their section awards ceremony and Henry B. Peters lecture Oct. 13, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.