American Academy of Optometry has named Dr. Eli Peli as the 2009 recipient of the William Feinbloom Award, which will be presented at the Annual meeting of the Academy  in Orlando on November 11, 2009.


Established in 1983, The William Feinbloom Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a distinguished and significant contribution to clinical excellence and the direct clinical advancement of visual and optometric service and thus the visual enhancement of the public. The award is not limited to Academy Fellows or to optometrists. The Awards Committee selects one person and submits their recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval.

It is important to note that Dr. Feinbloom is considered to be the Father of Low Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Peli, a leading authority in Low Vision, heads the Vision Rehabilitation Laboratory and the Mobility Enhancement Center at Schepens, where he is also Senior Scientist & Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research. Dr. Peli's academic appointments include: Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School; Adjunct Professor of Optometry at New England College of Optometry; Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine and Director Vision Rehabilitation Service at New England Eye Center.