ANAHEIM, Calif.—Optometry Cares, the AOA Foundation, has now opened nominations for the 2021 National Optometry Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, which opened in 1998 and was originally created by the Ohio Optometric Association, is open to all optometrists. It “recognizes individuals whose dedicated service, lifetime achievement, and enduring lifetime contributions have advanced the profession of optometry,” and there are two categories: Academia or Private Practice/Federal Service. Nominations will be accepted until February 5, 2021. Inductees will be celebrated at the annual induction ceremony during Optometry’s Meeting 2021 in Anaheim, California.

The eligibility requirements are:

1. Involved in optometric clinical care, private practice, federal service, academia, research or industry.

2. With records of dedicated service, lifetime achievements and enduring lifetime contributions.

3. Involved in the profession of optometry for over 30 years with the majority of optometric career to be in the U.S.

4. Must be a resident of the U.S.

Interested participants can submit a nomination online.