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WCO Awards Prof. Holden

Professor Brien Holden has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the World Council of Optometry (WCO). This is the WCO’s highest honour and only the sixth time it has been awarded. It was presented at the WCO annual meeting in Málaga, Spain, in April.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]

In a career spanning over 40 years, Professor Holden’s impact has been remarkable. He has established a social enterprise that has generated over AUD$1 billion in research, education and humanitarian funds to create advanced vision correction products and provide quality vision care to people in need. He has led eye care research and product development, been at the forefront of global efforts to provide quality eye care services for those who don’t have access, provided postgraduate opportunities for close to 200 young international researchers, and been heavily involved in the development of the optometry profession in countries lacking comprehensive eye care services.

In recent years, Professor Holden’s vision has expanded beyond eye care to broader health goals, including the current development of a breakthrough affordable retinal camera that will provide advanced detection and eventually diagnosis, of blinding eye diseases and other health conditions
such as diabetes.