Awards & Recognition

Paraoptometric Recognition Week 

Sept. 16-20, 2019

Paraoptometric Recognition Week is an opportunity to recognize paraoptometrics for the value they contribute to the success of an optometric practice. It is the only formal observance in the nation specifically intended to honor optometric practice staff. Recognition of paraoptometry as a profession hinges on the strength of paraoptometric members and support of doctors of optometry and other health care providers. Paraoptometric Recognition Week is observed annually during the third week of September by the AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center (PRC). Doctors are encouraged to be creative in planning their recognition of staff. Thank you for supporting and valuing your staff. The Paraoptometric Resource Center is proudly sponsored by Alcon.

Paraoptometric of the Year Award

Purpose

The American Optometric Association Paraoptometric of the Year award recognizes a deserving individual paraoptometric who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of optometry, patients and the public.

Eligibility

Each of the nominees must be a current AOA associate member, not currently serving on the PRC Committee. Nominations can be submitted by a state, regional or local paraoptometric organization, an AOA-member doctor of optometry or an AOA associate member.

Judging and selection

All nominations are judged based on service to optometry and paraoptometric associations, public service and personal achievement and endorsement.

Rules

All nominations for the AOA Paraoptometric of the Year award shall conform to the following requirements:

  1. Nominees must be an AOA associate member in good standing.
  2. Nominations are to be submitted online at aoa.org/awards
  3. A typewritten statement, not to exceed 2,000 words, should accompany the nomination explaining the primary reason the nominee should be named as award recipient (see criteria section). The statement should explain the nature of the individual's contribution based on all previous history, not just activities accomplished in the last year.
  4. A current head and shoulders photograph must be included.
  5. All nominations for the national award are due by March 1 (no exceptions can be made).

Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated according to four principal areas:

1. Professionalism

  • Office competency
  • Office management and technical skills
  • Service to paraoptometric associations (local, state, regional, national) as an officer, committee chairperson, member, etc., and support the association's programs and projects
  • Contributions of personal time and effort on behalf of the profession's advancement

2. Public service

  • Participation in public information activities, e.g., vision screening projects, or service with sight-saving groups, nursing home visits, community health fairs, etc.
  • Patient care and compassion
  • Contributions of personal effort and time on behalf of the profession's advancement 

3. Furthering education

  • Level of Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC)—(CPOT-highest level, CPOA, CPO and CPOC)
  • Lecturing
  • Organizing continuing education
  • Mentoring 

4. Personal endorsement

  • Overview of why your nominee should be selected for the AOA Paraoptometric of the Year award

Tips for preparing nominations for AOA awards

  1. Carefully read the criteria listed above.
  2. Keep the nomination statement concise and to the point. The nomination statement should not exceed 2,000 words. Five to six hundred well-chosen words are generally adequate and recommended.
  3. In addition to noting basic facts (dates, titles, years of service, etc.) about the nominee's professional and volunteer history, briefly describe the key accomplishments achieved by the nominee in these various positions and volunteer posts.
  4. The nominee should have at least one accomplishment listed in each key area of focus.
  5. Supplements (such as letters of recommendation or a curriculum vitae) may be attached to the nomination statement; however, these are not a substitute for the content of the nomination statement which must clearly and thoroughly detail the nominee's accomplishments.
  6. Nominations should include a current head-and-shoulders photograph of the nominee.
  7. The nomination statement (with photo) must be received by the due date.
  8. Nominations must be submitted online at aoa.org/awards.

View the 2018 recipient


Paraoptometric Community Service Award

Purpose

The American Optometric Association Paraoptometric Community Service award recognizes a deserving AOA paraoptometric individual who has generously donated his or her time and talents to the profession of optometry, patients and the public.

Eligibility

Each of the nominees must be a current AOA associate member, not currently serving on the PRC Committee. Nominations can be submitted by a state, regional or local paraoptometric organization, an AOA-member doctor of optometry or an AOA associate member.

Judging and selection

All nominations are judged based on service to optometry and paraoptometric associations, public service and personal achievement and endorsement.

Rules

All nominations for AOA Paraoptometric Community Service award shall conform to the following requirements:

  1. Nominees must be an AOA associate member in good standing
  2. Nominations are to be submitted online at aoa.org/awards
  3. A typewritten statement, not to exceed 2,000 words, should accompany the nomination explaining the primary reason the nominee should be named an award recipient (see criteria section). The statement should explain the nature of the individual's contribution based on the past three years of history, not just activities accomplished in the last year
  4. A current head and shoulders photograph must be included
  5. And all nominations for the national award are due by March 1 (no exceptions can be made)

Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated according to four principal areas:

  1. Service dedicated to your local community for a specific cause
  2. Service dedicated to health care
  3. Service dedicated to optometry-sponsored services
  4. Service documented within the last three years

Tips for preparing nominations for AOA awards

  1. Carefully read the criteria listed above.
  2. Keep the nomination statement concise and to the point. The nomination statement should not exceed 2,000 words. Five to six hundred well-chosen words are generally adequate and recommended.
  3. In addition to noting basic facts (dates, titles, years of service, etc.) about the nominee's professional and volunteer history, briefly describe the key accomplishments achieved by the nominee in these various positions and volunteer posts.
  4. The nominee should have at least one accomplishment listed in each key area of focus.
  5. Supplements (such as letters of recommendation or a curriculum vitae) may be attached to the nomination statement; however, these are not a substitute for the content of the nomination statement which must clearly and thoroughly detail the nominee's accomplishments.
  6. Nominations should include a current head-and-shoulders photograph of the nominee.
  7. The nomination statement (with photo) must be received by the due date.
  8. Nominations must be submitted online at aoa.org/awards.

View the 2018 recipient


CPC Lifetime Achievement Award

As a way to honor retired certified paraoptometrics, the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification offers "The Lifetime Achievement award." This award recognizes those who are currently retired and who have served the profession of optometry by continually giving of themselves in areas of patient eye care, office management, mentoring colleagues and in service to the paraoptometric profession. 

Nominations can be submitted by a state, regional or local paraoptometric organization, an AOA member doctor, an AOA associate member or a certified paraoptometric. Unlike the other paraoptometric awards, this award will be presented at a state association meeting.  

Please click here to nominate a retired certified paraoptometric for the CPC Lifetime Achievement award.