As we observe World Sight Day on this ninth day of October, I want to toot the horn of one of the outliers in the upcoming book Ingredients of Outliers: Women Game Changers, Ophthalmologist Dr. Mildred M. G. Olivier. She has been featured in publications like the Huffington Post for her volunteer work in Haiti and has been featured as a Ophthalmologist panelist on Dr. Oz. Today, she was also honored by American Academy of Ophthalmology as a “Hero of Vision” for her volunteerism in educating patients on preventing blindness.
Here’s a quote we borrowed from the article:
“The biggest challenge to eye health in many countries is the inability for many to access the health care system,” said Dr. Olivier, volunteer ophthalmologist in Haiti and assistant dean for diversity and professor of ophthalmology at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. “When they do, medications and surgical opportunities for a chronic disease like glaucoma are often not affordable or cannot be sustained for a long period of time. One day I hope changes in medical care can make glaucoma an avoidable cause of blindness. While we work toward this goal, I get incredible satisfaction from the opportunity to educate present and future generations of the ophthalmic community both in the United States and internationally. Through work with various organizations over the years, it never ceases to amaze me that one individual can make an enormous difference in this world. Every morning, I look in the mirror and challenge myself to make a change in another person’s life.”
Thank you, Dr. Olivier, for your contributions to public health and eye care nationally and internally as we observe World Sight Day!