Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, HelpMeSee’s Chief Medical Officer for Latin America, has been selected by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) as this year’s winner of the International Blindness Prevention Award.
This award, given to Dr. Lansingh in honor of his career working to reduce blindness globally, was presented at AAO 2016,the Academy’s 120th annual meeting, which took place in Chicago, IL on October 16, 2016. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest membership association of eye physicians and surgeons.
Established in 1992, the International Blindness Prevention Award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to reducing blindness or restoring sight worldwide. Its recipient is selected each year by the AAO’s Global Education and Outreach Committee, composed of doctors from across the Ophthalmology field.
Speaking about his selection for the award, Dr. Lansingh said:
“For over 20 years, I’ve had the privilege working with so many friends and partners involved in the prevention of blindness, without whom our success around the world wouldn’t be possible. This award is a call to action for greater patient outreach, especially those in need, and the need to change our mindset future generations of eye health professionals.”
From 2004 through 2015, Dr. Lansingh served as the regional coordinator in Latin America for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the VISION 2020 Programme.