William Feinbloom Award Presented to Dr. Eli Peli

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, MA (January 2010) – Dr. Eli Peli, OD, MSc, FAAO, New England Eye Center’s Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service, is the recipient of the 2009 William Feinbloom award from the American Academy of Optometry. The award was presented in November at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Dr. Feinbloom is considered the father of low-vision rehabilitation, though the award is not limited to contributions in vision rehabilitation.

PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Eli Peli receives the 2009 William Feinbloom award from American Academy of Optometry President Dr. Mark E. Eger at the November annual meeting.

The Feinbloom award is presented each year to honor a person 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.

This criteria fits Dr. Peli exactly as he is a leading expert in vision rehabilitation research. He was the first to propose and test the use of computerized enhancement as a visual aid, and has developed numerous visual aids used around the world.

Over the years, Dr. Peli has accumulated a number of research grants, scientific and clinical publications, and awards from a variety of sources.

His main research activities have been related to applying new technologies and procedures to enhance the capabilities of individuals with low vision for tasks involving reading, television viewing, and mobility both on foot and in driving. His contributions in these areas have had a significant positive impact on many low vision patients.

Dr. Peli is available for consultation in vision rehabilitation services at New England Eye Center’s Boston office at Tufts Medical Center. Known among his patients for his caring and personal attention, he combines an active clinical practice with research in low vision technology and aids.

“We are very proud of Dr. Peli’s latest award. He is a long-time leader in Vision Rehabilitation care and research and we are honored to have him as part of our New England Eye Center team,” said Jay S. Duker, MD, Chairman and Director of the New England Eye Center.

Dr. Peli also holds the positions of Adjunct Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School. He is also a Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research at Schepens Eye Research Institute.

In early January, Dr. Peli also presented the prestigious Helmholtz Lecture at the Helmholtz Institute in Holland.

About New England Eye Center

New England Eye Center is located in the heart of Boston’s Theater district above the Wang Center and is affiliated with the Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. New England Eye Center offers a full range of comprehensive ophthalmology including treatments for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, pediatric ophthalmology and aesthetic surgery. New England Eye Center is also a leading provider of Laser Vision Correction in Greater Boston and New England offering a full range of vision correction procedures for all types of eye conditions. For more information about the New England Eye Center, go to www.neec.com or www.mylasikdoc.com.

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