KYCO professor receives prestigious award

The University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) recently celebrated Department Chair of Clinical Affairs and Professor of Optometry Renee Reeder O.D., FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIACLE, for being named the 2020 International Association of Contact Lens Educator (IACLE) of the Year. 

IACLE raises the standard of contact lens education and promotes the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. 

Contact lens educators from six countries were acknowledged for their success from India, Malaysia, South Africa, the U.S., U.K., and Venezuela during the 2020 IACLE Awards.

Reeder graciously accepted the award for IACLE America’s Contact Lens Educator of the Year. 

“This is such exciting news and such an incredible honor,” said Reeder. “I am so thankful to know that I have colleagues all over the world with the same struggles who are always willing to share and help. I hope that I can serve as a resource for them as well.” 

KYCO Dean Michael Bacigalupi, O.D., MS, FAAO, FNAP, is proud of Reeder’s accomplishments and believes this is a well-deserved honor. 

“Dr. Reeder is such an outstanding educator,” said Bacigalupi. “She has brought together the latest technology for contact lens fitting and ocular surface disease management to benefit both KYCO students and patients.”

The meetings they will attend to receive their awards will be confirmed once COVID-19 restrictions allow. 

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