Launch the future of optometry
Hear from Eyes On Eyecare CEO, Matt Geller, OD, why innovation is so important to our practice and the patients we care for and why we launched this program.
Goals of the program
Increase the volume of optometrists pursuing innovative and entrepreneurial ideas within optometry.
Improve the quality of innovative ideas from optometrists.
Provide education, resources, and connections that help optometrists bring innovative ideas into mainstream production.
Innovation (noun): a feasible relevant offering such as a product, service, process, or experience with a viable business model that is perceived as new and is adopted by customers.
“Innovation in healthcare is the driving force that improves the lives of both patients and providers. Eyes on Eyecare has recognized the importance of innovation and is investing in the future of optometry. The Optometry Innovation Awards is an amazing opportunity for our innovative colleagues to further their work and improve our collective profession.”
- Daniel Epshtein, OD, FAAO
“I’m excited to see that Eyes On Eyecare is promoting and recognizing innovation in our profession. Optometry has and will continue to rely on the efforts of talented individuals who work and sacrifice to drive meaningful change that improves the lives of our patients and the success of our practices.”
- Damon Dierker, OD, FAAO
“The future of optometry depends on innovation. More innovation results in the advancement of our profession as a whole and spearheads a new path for all of us.”
- Stephanie L. Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS
What your peers think about innovation
Eyes On Eyecare surveyed 421 optometrists and students in Q1 2022 and uncovered the following data points:
How important do you believe innovation is for patient care?
How important do you believe innovation is for the future of the optometric profession? (1-10 scale)
The top 3 obstacles that
Categories of innovation ODs believe are most important to eyecare now.
Take a deeper dive
into the data
Thinking of submitting next year? Get a head start on your research by downloading the Optometry Innovation Report. Discover insights from your peers on the state of innovation in optometry + get tips from eyecare entrepreneurs like Stephanie Woo, OD on launching an optometric business.
Entering to win
The step-by-step process
Take a look at the process for entering so you can be ready when the 2023 submission window opens.
Applicants must have an idea that falls under one of the following areas of innovation.
Improving patient care
Improving workflow and efficiency for optometry practices
Elevating the state of the optometric profession
Raising awareness among consumers
Enhancing educational accessibility within the eyecare community
Read up on the requirements
Before you jump in headfirst, make sure you fully understand what’s required for all innovators who enter to win. Big prize money comes with high expectations and in order to win, you’ll need to bring your A-game.
Create your pitch deck
Make sure your pitch deck includes the following sections:
What problem are you solving?
Why are you solving this problem?
In-depth product/service breakdown
What would you do with the prize money if you win?
Take center stage
The 2022 finalists will be announced by November 10, 2022 and will appear live on the virtual center stage at Eyes On 2023 in November. During this special ceremony session, the winners will be announced in real-time in front of 5,000+ optometrists, ophthalmologists, and industry professionals. Next year, this could be you!
Win Part of
$40,000 in prizes
What will you do with the money if you win? Now it’s time to start dreaming about how your idea can impact the future of optometry and enhance patient care.