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The Secretariat Award is an annual award recognizing special contributions to the Academy and ophthalmology, as determined by Academy Senior Secretaries and Secretaries in their respective areas. It was created to increase opportunities for ophthalmologists to be recognized for contributions outside of the scope of the current Achievement Awards Program. Although the awards are given annually, they can be recognized for several years of service.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology is pleased to recognize Dr. Larry Schwab with the 2020 International Blindness Prevention Award, which honors an individual who has made significant contributions to reducing blindness and/or restoring sight worldwide.

Dr. Schwab was selected for the award by the Global Education and Outreach Committee for his global impact in three areas: 1) long-term collaboration, networking and consulting in policy, planning and implementing blindness prevention programs; 2) direct care, teaching and training clinical officers, medical assistants and nurses in the developing world, particularly Africa and Asia, and 3) speaking, advocating and supporting blindness prevention programs at academic institutions, medical societies, communities and with international health officials throughout his career.

Two West Virginia University faculty members who embody WVU’s land-grant mission of teaching, research and service are the recipients of WVU’s 2019 Heebink Awards for Distinguished Service to the state of West Virginia.

Charles Moore, the recipient of the Extended Service Award, is the medical director of the WVU Eye Institute and an assistant professor in the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the School of Medicine.

At age 7, Colton Thompson received the best gift ever – sight. Colton's vision began to dim not long after he suffered a gruesome fishing accident. In eager anticipation of a big catch with a new lure, his older brother sent a hasty cast into Colton’s left eye.

March is National Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Following some simple steps and advice can help keep your eyes healthy and safe.