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Optometrist receives international award

26/09/2018By Matthew Woodley
A committee of Catalonia-based optical bodies has named the president of the Australian College of Optometry, Dr Konrad Pesudovs, as its International Optometrist of the Year for 2018.

The award was established in 2016 and recognises an optometrist who has excelled in research, professional and social activity in recent years.

Criteria for the award is based on the number of publications in index journals over the past five years; participation in international conferences over the same period; the social and scientific impact of the winner’s activity and research; the number of patents held; and the overall scope of their professional career.

“I love optometry – seeing patients, teaching students, doing research – and to be recognised for that is a great surprise and delight to me.”
Konrad Pesudovs

Pesudovs held the position of Foundation Chair of Optometry and Vision Science at Flinders University from 2009 until last year, and currently works as an independent ophthalmic researcher and a consultant. Prior to that he was an Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at Flinders University, and over the course of his career he has published more than 250 papers, received more than 30,000 citations and given more than 200 conference presentations.

Despite feeling honoured to have received the award, Pesudovs may have missed the ceremony had he not double-checked his email.

“I didn’t read the email properly and just deleted it. But then I got another one and thought ‘hang on a sec, this looks a bit weird’, so I looked it up and saw that it was a real award and responded,” he said.

“I love optometry – seeing patients, teaching students, doing research – and to be recognised for that is a great surprise and delight to me.

“Since research activity is a major component of this award, this reflects that I have or had many wonderful research collaborators, post-docs and PhD students.  The award also reflects the support I received from the small academic team who helped me develop and deliver the Optometry Program at Flinders University.”

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Catalan Council of Optometrists, Catalan Association of Visual Therapy, and Terrassa City Council make up the committee that selected Pesudovs for the award.


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