Barr Receives AOA’s Prestigious Korb Award

Dr. Joseph Barr

Joseph Barr (OD’77, MS’79) recently received the Dr. Donald R. Korb Award for Excellence from the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association (AOA).

The Korb Award recognizes innovation and leadership in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment disease. As the recipient of this esteemed award, Dr. Barr delivered the AOA’s annual Korb Lecture, which he titled, “Uncovering Contact Lens Discoveries.”

“Donald Korb, OD, is, in my opinion, the foremost discoverer, describer, and innovator in optometry, ever,” says Dr. Barr. “His legacy of teaching us the science behind so many things we do to care for contact lens and ocular surface disease patients is most profound. His inspiration is responsible for so very much of the work I have had the opportunity to do in this field in collaboration with great colleagues and students. I consider this one of the highest honors in optometry and thank Dr. Korb for his inspiration, his time and his counsel. I thank the Section most for sincerely for selecting me.”

Dr. Barr, who currently serves as professor emeritus at the college, has developed a reputation as a “contact lens guru” throughout his career in academia at Ohio State, and in industry with Dow Corning Ophthalmics and Bausch + Lomb.

Congratulations, Dr. Barr!

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