Paraoptometric and NOA Award Criteria

The first award is the NOA Paraoptometric of the Year Award. This award is presented to a paraoptometric who has made outstanding contributions to the fields of paraoptometry and optometry, been an asset to their doctor(s), advanced themselves with continuing education and a commitment to the profession with a number of years in the field. Self-discipline and professional conduct are also criteria for which the award is judged, along with the paraoptometric’s accomplishments in the profession. Either a fellow paraoptometric or a NOA doctor may submit nominations for this award.

The second award is the NOA Paraoptometric Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to a paraoptometric that has exceeded her/his duties as an assistant and who has, through her/his work, promoted the profession of optometric assisting. One of the criteria for this award is that the paraoptometric must be a member in good standing of the AOA Paraoptometric Section and must have served on a committee or in an office for the NOA Para Section. The individuals nominated for this award must be assistants who have rendered outstanding and exemplary service to their community and profession and who have distinguished themselves as exemplary citizens of the state of Nebraska. Only NOA doctors may nominate paraoptometrics for this award.

The third award is the Eyes on Nebraska Community Award. The purpose of the Eyes on Nebraska Award is to recognize outstanding contributions to eye or vision health by Nebraskans and to generate awareness of the optometric practice. Persons nominated for this award shall be individuals, organizations, or companies who have provided exceptional, noteworthy service to eye or vision health in Nebraska through contribution of time, funding, innovative products, or services directed at preventing eye disease or injury, caring for vision health needs, or educating the public about vision.