Araba Otoo is First-Ever Prevent Blindness “Rising Visionary Award” Winner

Araba Otro, Class of 2022
Araba Otoo, Class of 2022

Araba Otoo, a third-year student at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, is the recipient of the inaugural Rising Visionary Award from Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization.

The Rising Visionary Award recognizes an optometry student or resident, ophthalmology resident, or other health care professional student or resident in the U.S. who has the best essay based on a question related to the 2020 Focus on Eye Health National Summit theme, “An Eye to the Future.” Otoo’s essay featured ideas on public education and awareness tactics to create the most impactful change to improve the future outlook of vision and eye health.

“I very much want to integrate public health into the practice of optometry, in part because vision impairment and loss is a public health issue,” explained Otoo. “It’s been three years since I earned my MPH and I have wondered ‘What was it for? What is the point if I can't translate it into people's lives?’ So it is an honor to be the recipient of this award. It is exciting and keeping my career goals alive, so to speak. Instead of the aforementioned thoughts, I am now entertaining a myriad of possibilities. This award could not have come at a better time to ‘ginger me up’ and give me the perspective I need to keep on pushing.”

Otoo will be recognized virtually on July 15 as part of the Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit. For details about this free, virtual event and to register, visit