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Rising Visionary Award

The Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award is presented annually to an optometry student or resident, ophthalmology resident, or other health care professional student or resident in the United States who has the best essay based on the 2020 Focus on Eye Health National Summit theme: An Eye to the Future. This esteemed award consists of formal acknowledgement and a commemorative plaque to be presented at the Focus on Eye Health National Summit in Washington, DC on July 15, 2020.  It further comes with an invitation to present on this work as a speaker at the Summit.

2020 Rising Visionary Award

Araba Otoo, a third-year optometry student at The Ohio State University, was selected as the first recipient of the Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award. The award recognizes an optometry student or resident, ophthalmology resident, or other health care professional student or resident in the United States who has the best essay based on a question related to the 2020 Focus on Eye Health National Summit theme, “An Eye to the Future.” Otoo’s essay featured ideas on public education and awareness tactics to create the most impactful change to improve the future outlook of vision and eye health.

Araba Otoo

Applicaton Criteria

An optometry student or resident, ophthalmology resident, or other health care professional student or resident in the United States who has the best essay based on a question related to the 2020 Focus on Eye Health National Summit theme: An Eye to the Future. If awarded, the awardee must be available to present at the 2020 Focus on Eye Health National Summit in Washington, DC on July 15, 2020 to receive the award. Travel expenses will be covered from anywhere in the United States.