Prevent Blindness Holds 2022 Person of Vision Award Event, Honoring Rick Gadd of Essilor North America, at Vision Expo East

Prevent Blindness presented the 2022 Person of Vision Award to Rick Gadd, former president of Essilor North America, and recently named president of Wholesale Canada and president of instruments for EssilorLuxottica North America. The event was held on the evening of March 31, at 583 Park Avenue, New York, NY, in conjunction with Vision Expo East.

The Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award, presented annually, recognizes an individual or organization whose inspired outlook champions healthy vision and its importance for a healthy life. Mr. Gadd was selected as the 2022 honoree for his impactful leadership and dedication to providing quality eye care products and services to the those across the country.

The Gold sponsor of the 2022 Person of Vision Award event was EssilorLuxottica. Silver sponsors included CooperVision Specialty EyeCare, Jobson, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Bronze sponsors were AEG Vision, Bausch & Lomb, Horizon Therapeutics, MyEyeDr., National Vision Inc. and VSP Global. Safilo North America and Zyloware Eyewear served as Reception sponsors. Additional sponsors included Care Credit, DigitalOptometrics, Europa Eyewear, Gateway PN, Gilbert, Healthy Eyes Advantage/PECAA, Marchon, Ocuco, Optical Women’s Association (OWA), Reed Exhibitions, Santinelli/Marco/Advancing Eyecare, Satisloh, Shamir Lens, Silhouette, Transitions, Tura, The Vision Council, Vision Source and Walman Optical.

The Co-Chairs of the 2022 Person of Vision Committee were past Person of Vision Honoree Marc Ferrara, Jobson Medical Information, and Sherianne James, Essilor of America, Inc. Additional committee members included Marge Axelrad, Vision Monday; Maureen Cavanagh, Prive Revaux; Dana Diemer, Essilor of America; Richard Hughes, Satisloh; Ludo Ladreyt, Essilor; Jim McGrann, Healthy Eyes Advantage/PECAA; Joe Savarese, Jobson Interactive; Matt Tackman, Essilor of America; and Jamie Shyer, Zyloware Eyewear.

“The entire Prevent Blindness family congratulates Rick Gadd as the 2022 Person of Vision honoree and are thrilled to have this important event back in New York City with Vision Expo East,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We thank all of our event sponsors as well as those who attended the event, helping us raise much-needed funds to support our sight-saving programs.”

For more information on the 2022 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award event, please contact Sue Corbett at [email protected] or visit