Lapel badge commemorating 25 years of Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry

Catalogue Number: 1789
Lapel badge commemorating 25 years of Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry
Category: Memorabilia and ephemera
Sub-Category: Badges, pins
Institution: American Academy of Optometry
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2011
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: USA
Description Of Item: Circular gold plated metal shield 15 mm in diameter with sliding keeper on the pin. The shield has an inner blue-green circle and eye shape and an emerald set at its centre. The words 'American Academy of Optometry' are around the perimeter and a scroll below bears the words '25 years Fellowship'. It is mounted on a black fibre base inside a plastic box 18 mm x 18 mm x 18 mm with clear transparent hinged lid and black plastic base. It is accompanied by a covering letter on the letterhead of the American Academy of Optometry dated January 10 2011 addressed to Dr Barry Cole and signed by the Executive Director of the Academy, Lois Schenbrun
Historical Significance: The American Academy of Optometry was founded on June 29 1922 as 'an organisation for optometric study in its higher branches and for the exchange of ideas'. It set out to establish standards of eye examinations and practice amongst its members. It has flourished as a body promoting high standards of care and ethics, facilitating the pursuit of the specialist areas of optometry and in providing continuing education and a forum for reporting research at its annual meeting. It produces a journal, originally the American Journal of Optometry and Archives of the American Academy of Optometry, and now called Optometry and Vision Science. Admission to the Academy is by examination and Fellows are entitled to use the suffix FAAO. It also offers diplomate status in the specialist areas of optometry. Many of its Fellows reside in countries other than the USA, It has (in 2009) about 4000 Fellows of whom about 12% reside outside the USA. Professor Cole became a Fellow of the Academy in 1969
How Acquired: Donated by Barry Cole, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: March 2011
Condition: Mint
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 3 Drawer 1

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