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February 27, 2013

SUNY Alum Receives Prestigious Award

Dr. Jillia Bird, (SUNY Optometry, Class of 1989) is this year's recipient of the World Council of Optometry's (WCO) International Optometrist Award which will be announced next month at the WCO Annual Congress in Malaga, Spain. The International Optometrist Award recognizes doctors who make outstanding contributions to the development of optometry worldwide as well as within their own communities.

With a thriving practice in her native Antigua, Dr. Bird is extremely active in the Caribbean's glaucoma awareness movement. Earlier this year Dr. Bird was named president of the World Glaucoma Patient Association. She is also a member of the board of trustees for the Glaucoma Foundation in New York, as well as the Caribbean Coordinator for the World Glaucoma Week Committee.

“I want to tell the nation and the Caribbean at large that glaucoma is our problem, glaucoma is a silent disorder that people do not realize they suffer from until very late in the disease,” Dr Bird told the Antigua Observer in an article recently published by the newspaper.