Child contact lens innovation wins industry award

Child contact lens innovation wins industry award

By Martin Burns

The inventor of a contact lens innovation to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children has been honoured at an industry awards ceremony.

Earl L Smith III, dean of the College of Optometry at the University of Houston, was presented with the Donald Korb Award for Excellence by the contact lens and cornea section of the American Optometric Association.

Each year, the award is given to an individual who is deemed to be an "innovator and leader" in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment disease.

Mr Smith was presented with the award due to his proposed treatment strategy to slow down the advancement of nearsightedness in youngsters using special contact lenses.

He said it was a great honour to receive an award named after Korb, himself an innovator in the field.

"In my view, he is one of the most creative and insightful clinician scientists of our time, an entrepreneur in every sense of the word and a true visionary," Mr Smith said.

by Martin Burns

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