A lecturer at the Department of Optometry of the College of Health and Allied Sciences, Dr. Stephen Ocansey, has been awarded fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Dr. Ocansey who received the award at the Annual meeting of American Academy held from October 11-14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois is the second Ghanaian to be awarded a Fellow of AAO.
The Academy 2017 Chicago was the 96th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. Highlights of the meeting included nearly 250 hours of continuing education (CE) courses, scientific presentations and an exhibit hall with more than 150 companies exhibiting. More than 7,700 optometrists, vision care professionals, vision scientists and optometry students from around the world attended this prestigious meeting.
Professionals who become Fellows of the Academy must complete a rigorous candidacy process. Candidates submit extensive written work and must also pass an oral examination. A panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists must approve both the written work and oral examination. Fewer than ten percent of practicing optometrists are Fellows of the Academy. Fellows of the AAO constantly strive for the highest professional standards. The American Academy of Optometry annual meetings are recognized as presenting the latest in research and information on patient and vision care. AAO enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange.