• Academy Award Program

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes its members for several different types of achievements. These awards honor ophthalmologists in multiple stages of practice and for a range of activities, from humanitarian service and significant contributions to the profession, to mentorship and faithful volunteer service. 

    Nominated Awards

    To receive one of the following awards, an ophthalmologist must have been nominated by his or her peers and chosen by the award's selection committee.

    • Laureate Recognition Award - The Academy's highest honor, this award recognizes an ophthalmologist for making exceptional scientific contributions toward preventing blindness and restoring sight worldwide.
    • Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award - Recognizes Academy members for contributions in charitable activities, care of the indigent and community service performed above and beyond the typical duties of an ophthalmologist.
    • Outstanding Advocate Award - Recognizes Academy members for exceptional advocacy-related efforts at either the state and/or federal level.
    • International Blindness Prevention Award - Honors an individual who has made significant contributions to reducing blindness and/or restoring sight worldwide.
    • Artemis Award - Recognizes a young ophthalmologist for exemplary caring and service to his/ her patients.

    Leaders' Choice

    Recipients of the following awards are chosen by Academy leaders, including the president, Board of Trustees and secretaries.

    • Distinguished Service Award - Honors an individual or organization for ongoing notable service to ophthalmology and the Academy.
    • Guests of Honor - Recognizes individuals chosen by the president for their significant contribution to ophthalmology and the Academy.
    • Special Recognition Award - Presented to an individual or organization for outstanding service in a specific effort or cause that improves the quality of eye care.
    • Secretariat Award - Given to individuals recognized by Committee of Secretaries members, usually for exceptional contributions in their local ophthalmology society.
    • Straatsma Award - Recognizes a residency program director for excellence in education.
    • EnergEYES Award - Given to an ophthalmologist who mentors young ophthalmologists, serves as a strong role model and displays high energy that motivates them to get involved.

    Earned Awards

    The Achievement Award program recognizes individual ophthalmologists for more than 25 categories of contribution to the Academy.

    • Achievement Award - Recognizes Academy members who have earned 10 points (minimum four years' service, depending on involvement)
    • Senior Achievement Award - Recognizes Academy members who have earned 30 points (minimum 10 years' service, depending on involvement)
    • Life Achievement Award - Recognizes Academy members who have earned 60 points (minimum 20 years' service, depending on involvement)

    Two additional awards recognize international Academy members for their commitment to lifelong education.