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February 3, 2011 - Vision in the News

Korbs Initiate New Dry Eye Fund
The AAO Foundation received a $25,000 donation from Drs. Donald Korb & Joan Exford to establish a research and leadership fund in the area of dry eye. At the AOF luncheon, Don Korb praised Kelly Nichols' recent work as the chair of the International Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Work Group for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society. He said her work made him proud to be an optometrist, as he announced this lead gift.

First Recipients of New Endowed Awards Recognized
In 2009 the AAO Foundation received two generous $240,000 commitments from Michael G. Harris and Essilor of America to establish two new Ezell Funds. First time recipients of these awards were announced at the AOF Celebration Luncheon. Congratulations to Shilpa Register, the Ohio State University and Patrick Scott, Boston University School of Medicine.

Low Vision & the VA Blind Rehabilitation Center
Two recent columns in the New York Times Health section focus on people living with low vision, preventative health measures, helpful tools and resources, and on one VA rehabilitation.  Just Because One’s Vision is Waning, Hope Doesn’t Have To looks at the positive efforts of the West Haven VA Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center and its Director of Low-Vision Optometry, Dr. Kara Gagnon.  As a clinical rotation site for NECO students, the West Haven VA demonstrates the life-changing effects that low-vision optometry can have on its patients.

Mass. OD wins VOSH humanitarian award
Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)/International named Joseph D’Amico, O.D. its 2010 Humanitarian of The Year.  For more information on Dr. D’Amico’s humanitarian work, visit VOSH-ONE and visit VOSH International for information on other initiatives.

Alumni in the News
The most recent article by Dr. Jason Smith O.D. ’93, “Gas Permeable Contact Lenses:
A Primer on their History and Fitting
,” was recently published in EyeCare Professionals magazine. Congratulations Dr. Smith!   

  Click here for the pdf.



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