News Release: Emory Healthcare

Jul. 13,  2010

Emory Eye Center Ophthalmic Technologist Receives Secretariat Award From American Academy Of Ophthalmology

News Article ImageLindreth DuBois, MEd, MMSc, CO, COMT, ophthalmic technologist at the Emory Eye Center

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has selected Lindreth DuBois, MEd, MMSc, CO, COMT, ophthalmic technologist at the Emory Eye Center, for the AAO Secretariat Award. The career recognition acknowledges special contributions to the Academy and to ophthalmology, and will be formally presented at the annual meeting in the fall.

DuBois, a senior associate faculty member, was selected for her outstanding contributions as writer and editor for the recently updated 55-minute educational DVD titled "Fundamentals of Ophthalmic Medical Assisting."

"Ms. DuBois wrote and edited the original script and video in 1999 when she was a member of the Ophthalmology Liaisons Committee and graciously worked with that committee to update the script," says Gregory L. Skuta, MD, a member of the nominating committee. "She also devoted two weekends to the Academy in San Francisco to appear in and help produce the DVD, which was released in October 2009."

"We are especially pleased that Lindy DuBois has been recognized for her service in educating other ophthalmic technicians by the premier ophthalmology association in the United States, AAO," says Timothy W. Olsen, director of the Emory Eye Center. "She is a known expert in her field, and we are fortunate that she does that same sharing with our own staff at Emory Eye Center."

DuBois received her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Florida. Additionally, she earned a master's degree in medical science from Emory University. She serves as an ophthalmic technologist, orthoptist (analyzes patients with problems of binocularity) and clinical trials coordinator at Emory Eye Center.

She is a member of the American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO), the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and has been a representative to both the American Orthoptic Council (AOC) and the Joint Commission on Allied Personnel in Ophthalmology. She has won numerous awards including an AAO Achievement Award and the AACO/AOC Lancaster Award, a lifetime achievement award presented for meritorious contributions to orthoptic excellence, DuBois currently serves as the national study coordinator of the multi-center Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS), a major clinical study based at Emory that compares two treatments for babies born with one cataract.

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About Emory Eye Center

Emory Eye Center has a mission to conduct pioneering research into blinding eye diseases, to educate and train eye professionals, and to provide excellent patient care. The Department includes 33 ophthalmologists, eight optometrists, 11 basic scientists, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and nine researchers in other Emory departments who hold joint appointments in the Emory University School of medicine's Department of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology research is supported by current NIH funding of $20 million through 2010. The Department remains in the top rankings (#9 - 2009) by U.S. News & World Report for the 14 years the magazine has held a ranking for Ophthalmology. It also ranks in the Top Ten in the peer-reviewed Ophthalmology Times annual report.

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