September 6, 2016 - Caitlin Morrison, OD ’15 has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin Contact Lens Residency Award Recipient by the American Optometric Foundation (AOF). The graduate of New England College of Optometry (NECO) was selected out of a field of 13 applicants by the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies section committee members within the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).
The AOF Residency Award Program is designed help to support post-graduate residency training in the field of optometry. Award winners are chosen in the areas of contact lens and pediatric optometry residencies. The Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin Contact Lens Residency Award is given to a contact lens resident who demonstrates a passion and commitment to practice, research, and education in the field of contact lenses. Dr. Morrison will receive a $2,000 award and a $750 travel grant to attend the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) annual meeting in Anaheim this fall.
Dr. Morrison has been passionate about contact lenses since childhood. “My interest in contact lenses started when I was in middle school,” she explains. “I had a lot of trouble wearing contact lenses comfortably and the interest in fixing that problem propelled me to start researching different types of lenses, figuring out solutions to problems.”
Dr. Morrison continued to develop her interest in contact lenses during her four years at New England College of Optometry. “The clinical program at NECO was the reason I have so much passion about contact lenses,” she notes. “Dr. Ron Watanabe was an influential contact lens clinician and teacher who let me ask lots of questions after class. Through my 4th year NECO externship, I was also introduced to Dr. Edward Boshnick, a good friend and mentor who is a wonderful example of how you can use specialty contact lenses to change people's lives.”
Following her graduation from NECO, Dr. Morrison participated in a year long residency program in Cornea and Contact Lens at State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. She currently practices at Ophthalmic Consultants of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan, helping to manage patients with severe corneal diseases. She notes, “The field of contact lenses provides so much improvement in the quality of the lives of people living with irregular corneas and ocular surface disease. It makes me want to continue tailoring my career to help these patients to the best of my ability.”
The American Optometric Foundation of the American Academy of Optometry explains that the “Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin Contact Lens Residency Award is intended to promote the practice and development of the field of Contact Lenses by providing incentive and support to talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to practice, research, and education.” (source: American Academy of Optometry Foundation website)
This award recognizes Dr. Morrison's hard work, commitment, and passion to the field of contact lens optometry. “I am so honored to be chosen for this award,” she explains. “This past year, I tried to learn all that I could from my mentors, ask questions, and translate that learning into content that would be helpful for my patients.
“One example is the short insertion and removal videos I was able to create, with the help of my residency program, for every type of contact lens. I hope practitioners and patients both can benefit from these videos and achieve greater success with patients learning to use their contact lenses.”
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. NECO was founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, and is the oldest continuously operating school of optometry in the United States. NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.
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