Sara Siebert Wins Optometry Student Challenge

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (January 31, 2017) – ABB OPTICAL GROUP, in partnership with Paragon Vision Sciences, announces the three winners of the Optometry Student Challenge, a program designed to support optometry students and foster the study of contact lenses.

Through the Optometry Student Challenge, third and fourth-year optometry students who registered were asked to create an abstract focusing on study projects or student-based case histories related to contact lenses. From more than 40 submissions, five finalists were chosen. The five students were required to convert their abstracts into scientific posters and from there the judges selected the top three posters.

The lead authors of the top three posters were Sara Siebert, Indiana University School of Optometry; Kimberly-Anne Llamzon, New England College of Optometry; and Michael Kreuzer, University of Waterloo. 

Siebert, a third-year student and secretary of the Contact Lens Club at Indiana University, presented on utilizing corneal and scleral topography to aid in predicting scleral toricity for the purpose of fitting scleral lenses. Llamzon, a fourth-year student and former member of Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity at the New England College of Optometry, covered the topic of keratoconus and scleral lenses. Kreuzer, a fourth-year student and former Interprofessional Liaison of the Canadian Association of Optometry Students at University of Waterloo, presented on reducing scleral lens fogging with an impression-based design versus a conventional lens.

Ryan Chia, a student at Salus University and Olivia Cheng, a student at UC Berkeley, received an honorable mention and received $250 each.

“It is so exciting to see the participation we’ve had in this student challenge,” said Ann Shackelford, director of consultation and specialty services at ABB OPTICAL GROUP. “We received so many outstanding submissions from really talented students. By developing educational opportunities like the Optometry Student Challenge, we are helping shape the optometrist of tomorrow.” 

The Optometry Student Challenge awarded travel grants of $1,500 each to the top three students to attend and present their posters at the recent 2017 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS).

“Both Paragon Vision Sciences and ABB OPTICAL GROUP recognize the importance of involving students in the industry through these types of educational initiatives,” said Rich Jeffries, President of Paragon Vision Sciences. “The Optometry Student Challenge