The AOA announced several honorees.

The American Optometric Association is honoring Dr. Paul Barney with the 2017 Optometrist of the Year Award for his "outstanding service on behalf of the profession and the visual welfare of the public."

The association is also recognizing several other individuals as part of its annual awards program:

Dr. Angelique Sawyer of New Hampshire, Young Optometrist of the Year Award. She "has been in practice less than 10 years and demonstrates remarkable leadership when serving the profession, patients and her community," AOA stated in a press release.

Dr. Elizabeth Steele of Alabama, Optometric Educator Award. She is recognized for "outstanding service on behalf of the profession, optometric education and the visual welfare of the public."

Sally Greeley of Maine, Paraoptometric of the Year Award. The award is for her "significant contributions to the profession of paraoptometry."

Dr. Dale Heaston of Washington, Distinguished Service Award. He is being honored for his "unusually significant contributions to the profession of optometry."

The winners will be recognized at the 2017 Optometry's Meeting Opening General Session at 5:30 p.m. June 21 in Washington, DC.

According to the release: "The Optometrist of the Year and Young Optometrist of the Year were selected from a robust field of nominees from 29 state associations and the Armed Forces Optometric Society. Each of these AOA-member doctors of optometry have distinguished themselves, and the profession, and are deserving of recognition and appreciation."

Left to right: Dr. Angelique Sawyer, Dr. Paul Barney, Dr. Dale Heaston, Dr. Elizabeth Steele, Sally Greeley



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