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Professor Brien Holden has been awarded the inaugural Optometry Giving Sight Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contribution to helping eliminate avoidable blindness and impaired vision, and reducing the disability, poverty and lack of opportunity associated with vision loss.
Professor Holden received the award at a dinner held in Seattle, USA, where he also announced that he would be stepping down as Executive Chair of Optometry Giving Sight after 10 years. He intends to stay on the Board, but said it was now time for someone new to take on the role of Chair. Professsor Holden announced that the Directors have elected Dr Juan Carlos Aragon to succeed him as Chair of Optometry Giving Sight. Dr Aragon is currently Chair of Optometry Giving Sight’s Global Development Board and Senior Vice President, Global Professional & Clinical Affairs, CooperVision.
Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye examination and glasses. It was created in 2003 as a means of mobilising resources from the global optometric community to fund the development of sustainable eye and vision care projects in communities where these do not currently exist. To date it has provided funds to more than 67 projects in 38 countries.
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