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Student Laura Chan Wins 2015 Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship from Optometry Cares

Student creates video detailing The Impact of Vision and wins scholarship FROM AOA sponsored by Essilor

New England College of Optometry student Laura Chan, Class of 2016, has received the Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship from AOA’s Optometry Cares Foundation. The mission of the Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation, is “to expand eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life.”

This Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation scholarship is sponsored by Essilor to honor the contributions of the former CEO and chairman of the the company from Paris, France, Bernard Maitenaz.  In addition to working at Essilor for 43 years, Mr. Maitenaz invented the Varilux lens and served as an educator in the field of optometry.  He received the Apollo Award from the AOA in 2014 and an honorary doctorate of ocular science from the New England College of Optometry in 1988.  

The Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship is given to a third year optometry student based on their leadership, participation in school and community experiences, financial need, academic standing, and a video/powerpoint entry on the theme: “The Impact of Vision.” Ms. Chan chose to create a video detailing the Impact of Vision.  She explains, “I've always liked supporting vision and doing this video was a way to combine drawing and sharing ideas with others.” Ms. Chan created both the visual images and voiceover in her three minute video in October, in between midterms, clinical work, and community work!  

Ms. Chan explains that her inspiration for the video came from her experiences as a nurse and optometry student. She notes the power of sight when recalling a time an elderly patient she worked with broke her hip as a result of not being able to see the final step. This incident led to her visual representation of the many ways sight can impact people on a daily personal and professional level. “Sight affects people and their lives and safety.”  Essilor was so impressed with her video they will be sharing it with others on their team.

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