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Susan becomes American Academy of Optometry Fellow

Published on November 26th, 2014

BCLA President, Susan Bowers, has become a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Susan was was presented with her award at the AAO’s 93rd Annual Meeting held in Denver, Colorado, USA, from 12-15 November, the theme of which was ‘Today’s research, tomorrow’s practice’. She was the meeting’s only British delegate out of 242 optometrists.

Professionals who become Fellows of the Academy must complete a rigorous candidacy process. Candidates submit extensive written work and must also pass an oral examination. A panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists must approve both the written work and oral examination. Less than 10 per cent of practicing optometrists are Fellows of the Academy.

Susan said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of submitting all my credits both for studying and lecturing, then submitting a case record on normal tension glaucoma for the viva examination. Having gained my Fellowship of the BCLA first, which was very similar in some aspects, it prepared me for the AAO Fellowship. Yes, you do feel a sense of achievement. I would urge all my optometrist colleagues looking for an academic challenge to think about first BCLA and then AAO Fellowship.”

Susan is pictured with her husband, Geoff Bowers (left), and AAO Admissions panel member, Canadian optometrist Joseph Mittelman from Ottawa (photo courtesy of Nick Rumney).