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The Laureate Award recognizes individuals from around the world who have made exceptional scientific contributions to the betterment of eye care, leading to the prevention of blindness and restoration of sight worldwide.

The award is made at the discretion of the Laureate Selection Committee for accomplishments of significance either past or present. Up to one award may be awarded annually, but it is not required that a recipient be named every year. Selection Committee recommendations must be approved by the Academy's Board of Trustees and the recipient must be living. The award recipient is announced each Fall and the Laureate induction ceremony occurs during the Opening Session of the Academy's Annual Meeting. Laureate Award winners receive a commemorative plaque, medal, complimentary lifetime Academy membership and reimbursement for expenses associated with
travel to the award ceremony.

How to Submit a Nomination:
Complete the nomination form (PDF 80K).

Write a letter of support. The letter should highlight the nominee's achievements and the significance of his/her work as it relates to significant contributions to the profession, new techniques developed, a seminal invention or a new treatment accepted worldwide. Include evidence of justification such as: career highlights, university service, honors and awards, publications and community service.

Do not send videos or similar presentations, books or published papers.

All submitted materials become property of the Academy and cannot be returned.

Send nomination by Jan. 30, 2015 to:

The Academy Laureate Selection Committee
American Academy of Ophthalmology
655 Beach Street
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424 USA

More information is available on the Academy Laureate Recognition Program main page.