STUDENTS OF VISION SCHOLARSHIP

Brought to you by Transitions Optical and the Opticians Association of Canada, the Students of Vision Scholarship Program supports the next generation of opticians, optometrists and optometric assistants.

2020 STUDENTS OF VISION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Show us how you envision the future of the vision care industry and your coming role in it as an optical professional for a chance to win a $2,500, $1,500 or $500 scholarship! Brought to you by Transitions Optical and the Opticians Association of Canada, the Students of Vision Scholarship Program supports the next generation of opticians, optometrists and optometric assistants.

The global COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered the optical industry in more ways than one—now and for the future. Changes from in-person appointments to telehealth, shifts to utilizing virtual events and tools, and updates to in-office protocols are now commonplace in the industry. In fact, a survey by Jobson Optical Research showed that 58% of surveyed ECPs have been influenced into providing telehealth services because of COVID1, and 62% of surveyed ECPs were planning to incorporate telehealth into future practice2.
 
The changes extend beyond the optical industry to consumers: in a survey by The Vision Council, consumers noted that their intention to buy eyewear online has doubled since before COVID-19, and patients are using various technologies to communicate with their eye doctors and/or take care of their eye health, including social media, vision screening apps and digital communication methods3.

To enter, develop a project which demonstrates how you will approach recommending lens technology to improve and/or protect your patients’ vision and lives.
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Projects must be submitted by December 4, 2020
Winners announced December 18, 2020
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2019 STUDENTS OF VISION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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Grand prize winner Naomi Kwong put together a video about her multi-faceted approach to recommending lens technology, backed with relevant research and statistics.

For the 2019 scholarship program, student applicants were tasked with describing their plan to recommend lens technology to patients/consumers by crafting a video, presentation or essay entry. Winner of the grand prize, Naomi Kwong detailed her multi-faceted approach to recommending lens technology in a video submission, backed with various sources of relevant research and statistics. Patricia Sanvictores, the second place winner, also created a video which explained the multiple tools, resources and types of patient lifestyles to consider when recommending lens technology. Mona Samani, the third place winner, submitted an essay which explained the various solutions lens technology could provide for patients and consumers.
1-2 Jobson Optical Research. (2020). Coronavirus ECP Study [Data File]. Retrieved from Coronavirus ECP Survey - Wave 13
3 The Vision Council. (2020). Researching Recovery: Exploring Evolving Consumer Behavior and Industry Response During COVID-19 [Data File]. Retrieved from TVC-COVID-19-VisionWatch-Consumer-Industry-Research_Member-Insights-Webinar-5-21-2020