Illinois College of Optometry Faculty Receive Inaugural Award
Dr. Janice McMahon, Dr. Steve Beckerman awarded Editor’s Commendation
for Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association
June 23, 2009 (CHICAGO) — Two Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) professors – Dr. Janice McMahon and Dr. Steve Beckerman – received the inaugural Editor’s Commendation for Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association. The award was for their paper titled, “Testing safety eyewear: How frame and lens design affect lens retention.”
“Our faculty members have a long track record of contributing to the body of optometric knowledge through scholarly activity,” said Arol Augsburger, O.D., president of ICO. “Professors McMahon and Beckerman have poured their years of experience into researching and writing this award-winning paper.”
The aim of the study was to determine the role that frame and lens design play in lens retention during high-impact testing of safety eyewear that advertises conformance to the performance-based standard. The study found that among the sample of safety spectacles, failure from high-mass impact resistance testing rarely occurred. To view the complete study, visit www.optometryjaoa.com.
“This paper was the most downloaded paper from Optometry’s Web site last year,” said Paul Freeman, O.D., editor of Optometry. “I appreciate the hard work and diligence doctors McMahon and Beckerman contributed to bringing the research conclusions in this paper to the profession.”
Dr. McMahon completed a Primary Care Residency at the ICO in 1999 and remained as a full-time faculty member. She works in the primary care setting. She also participates in labs, lectures, pediatric outreach, external sites and the residency program.
Dr. Beckerman maintains a solo optometric practice in Glenview, Ill. and is a part-time faculty member of the ICO in the areas of primary care, binocular vision/pediatrics and sports vision. He has authored nine peer-reviewed papers and more than 20 peer-reviewed abstracts in the areas of binocular vision, sports vision and optics.
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About the Illinois College of Optometry
The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) provides excellence in optometric clinical education and is one of the world’s leading urban optometric institutions. Since its founding in 1872 by Dr. Henry Olin, ICO has offered aspiring optometrists the education and experience needed to meet the challenges of a changing health care environment and become leaders who will advocate for patients and the profession alike. Located in Chicago, ICO has a long and distinguished legacy as the oldest continually operating educational facility in the world dedicated solely to the teaching of optometrists. For more information about the Illinois College of Optometry, visit www.ico.edu.