The World Congress of Optometry Paul Berman Young leader Award, presented in honour of the late Dr. Berman, is given to an optometrist who has made an outstanding contribution to the achievement of the WCO’s vision and mission and shows promising future leadership in world optometry. Priya was nominated by her peers for her dedication to improving the lives of others and incredible attention to detail, her research focused on improving the efficiency of school programmes for uncorrected refractive error in India.
Priya believes that her Masters in Public Health for Eye Care gave her “the foundation and skills in research and public health” granting her the opportunities and the chance to be introduced into the world of public eye care and global health. Through her connection to LSHTM she continues “to work with globally renowned researchers and academics” pushing her research to extraordinary heights.
The award is a great honour and recognises Priya for all the work she has been doing, she says that it gives her “motivation and inspiration to continue working on my research and ensure the evidence can be translated into policy”. She hopes that she can continue to “gather further evidence in the field of school eye health and translate that into policy for implementation into service delivery” and improve the lives of people worldwide.
Priya’s advice to current students is to gain as much from the school as they can, it is a “fantastic opportunity to learn and grow from the academics teaching at the school but also from my colleagues”. She urges students to “use every opportunity to discuss ideas, build friendships and relationships with each other, which go beyond the year spent at the school”.
Congratulations to Priya on her award, it is fantastic to see a new young leader in the field of optometry and we are proud to have you as part of our alumni community!
Images courtesy of Priya Morjaria.