Bruce Moore, OD, has been selected to be the recipient for the 2016 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health.
Among the highest honors Prevent Blindness bestows, the award is presented annually to an individual, team, or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, and/or national level. The award serves as a living memorial to Jenny Pomeroy who served as CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 until 2013, bringing a passionate understanding of public health to her work and the organization's mission.
Dr. Moore has contributed to the research, teaching, and advocacy of vision and eye health for over forty years. In addition to serving on the faculty at New England College of Optometry, he helped develop the program on the mobile clinic, New England Eye On-Sight, and travels with students weekly to provide vision screenings to young children.
Dr. Moore's contributions to optometry include developing techniques for fitting contact lenses to infants with congenital cataracts at Children’s Hospital Boston and establishing the first eye clinic at the Martha Elliot Health Center. An advocate and specialist in pediatric eye care, Dr. Moore has been a leader in establishing a model of universal vision screenings for young children locally and nationally.
Dr. Moore has conducted extensive research in the area of vision screenings and eye care for young children, working as a principal investigator for the Vision in Preschoolers Study since 2000. Earlier this year, the results from the Vision in Preschoolers - Hyperopia in Preschoolers study have indicated a correlation between vision and learning at a young age.
Dr. Moore will receive the award at the Focus on Eye Health National Summit, National Press Club Washington, DC, on July 13, 2016. In addition to the award, he will have the honor of being the closing plenary speaker at the Summit.
Dr. Moore is a Professor at New England College of Optometry, and Co-Chair of the Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition. He has worked as principal investigator for the Vision in Preschoolers Study since 2000. The Vision in Preschoolers – Hyperopia in Preschoolers (VIP-HIP) Study was conducted in conjunction with colleagues from Ohio State College of Optometry and PCO Salus, and was funded by the National Eye Institute.
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. Located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, New England College of Optometry is the oldest college of optometry in the country. This small, independent graduate institution has been advancing optometric education, patient care, and public health since 1884. The New England College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association (a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).
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