UCC lecturer becomes second Ghanaian to achieve Fellowship at American Academy of Optometry


The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) has awarded a fellowship on an Optometrist with the University of Cape Coast, Dr. Stephen Ocansey.

The UCC lecturer became a fellow at the 96th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. Fewer than ten percent of practicing optometrists are Fellows of the Academy.

Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry constantly strive for the highest professional standards.

The American Academy of Optometry annual meetings are recognized as presenting the latest in research and information on patient and vision care.

Dr Ocansey becomes the second Ghanaian so far to have achieved the award.

At this year’s meeting, Dr. Ocansey was awarded Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. Professionals who become Fellows of the Academy must complete a rigorous candidacy process and candidates must further submit extensive written work and must also pass an oral examination.

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A panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists must approve both the written work and oral examination.

Highlights of the meeting included nearly 250 hours of continuing education (CE) courses, scientific presentations and an exhibit hall with more than 150 companies exhibiting.

More than 7,700 optometrists, vision care professionals, vision scientists and optometry students from around the world attended this prestigious meeting.

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting.

Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange.

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The next annual meeting of the Academy will be November 7-10, 2018 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.