Friday, July 27, 2012

Birmingham associate professor of ophthalmology, director of the Center for Low Vi-sion Rehabilitation and chair of the AOA Vision Rehabilitation Section nominated Haddox for the award.
“Emphasis is focused on nominees who have demonstrated exceptional dedica-tion to serving individuals with visual impairment to improve visual efficiency, primarily through means of vision rehabilitative services, multidisciplinary concepts, and working closely with optometry,” DeCarlo said.

“The Vision Rehabilitation Section’s Distinguished Service Award was given to Sight Savers America” she added, “In recognition of the hundreds of children’s lives that have been improved through the provision of low vision devices, including expen-sive electronic technology and glasses.”

“We’re honored to receive this Distinguished Service Award,” Haddox said. “It comes from an organization that’s made up of the very best experts in the United States. This award enhances the credibility of Sight Savers America and will be a huge help in our nationwide expansion.”

Haddox founded Sight Savers America in 1997. Sight Savers serves more than 35,000 children annually and has become a national model for childhood vision health.