CRANBURY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Optometry Times®, the leading resource of news and information for optometry professionals, announces that its chief optometric editor, Benjamin P. Casella, OD, FAAO, has received this year’s Optometrist (OD) of the Year award from the American Optometric Association (AOA). The award will be presented at Optometry’s Meeting 2019, June 19-23, in St. Louis, MO.
“We were delighted to hear that Dr. Casella was named Optometrist of the Year,” said Tom Ehardt, president of MultiMedia Healthcare, LLC. “Ben’s contributions have been instrumental in helping Optometry Times remain a timely and relevant source among optometrists. I know the editorial team joins me in congratulating him on this prestigious honor.”
A third-generation optometrist, Dr. Casella owns and operates Casella Eye Center in Augusta, GA, which was established in 1948 by his grandfather, Victor. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and completing his residency at State University of New York College of Optometry, Dr. Casella joined the family practice in 2008, continuing the tradition of providing quality care to the local community alongside his father.
In addition to managing the family practice, Dr. Casella serves as the chief optometric editor of Optometry Times®. He is very active within the professional optometric community, holding many positions within the Georgia Optometric Association, serving on the AOA Evidence Based Optometry Committee, and having been named the Young OD of the South by SECO International in 2014.
“I am thrilled and humbled by this award,” said Dr. Casella. “I never expected such an honor, and I’m very grateful to my optometry families at the AOA, the GOA, and Optometry Times, as well as my own family for affording me the opportunities to play a small role in the advancement of our profession.”
The award is presented by the AOA, a professional association representing more than 44,000 optometrists, to one doctor of optometry each year who goes above and beyond in providing outstanding service. The AOA strives to improve the quality and availability of eye and vision care. To learn more about the AOA, click here.
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