The nominee must be a Fellow or Member in good standing of the American Academy of Ophthalmology who has demonstrated a pattern of humanitarian service in the United States or abroad over a period of at least several years. Qualifying service might include, but is not limited to:
- Free care to the indigent
- Service in inner city, rural or international locations with disadvantaged persons
- Care for underprivileged individuals of specific racial or ethnic background
- Care in settings of high risk to the ophthalmologist
Selection of recipients is determined on the basis of factors including, but not limited to: intensity of service, continuity of service, length of service, need for the service, personal sacrifice of the ophthalmologist and the recommendations of the nominating organization and/or individuals identified in the nomination of the individual. Only one such award may be given to an individual during his or her lifetime. Self-nomination is not allowed for this award.