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Optometry Student Challenge

ABB Optical and CooperVision Specialty Eyecare announce the 8th Annual Optometry Student Challenge

Third and fourth year optometry students are challenged to compete in the ABB Optical 2022 Optometry Student Challenge. A $1500 travel grant to the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) will be provided to each of the three top authors to attend GSLS and present their winning posters.

Optometry Student Challenge 2022

Our 2021 Winners: Calisandra Larson, Pacific University - High Apical Corneal Astigmatism Masked with Rigid Corneal Gas Permeable Contact Lens; Veronia Abadeer, NOVA - Little Lenses for Little Eyes: Correcting Aphakic Children – A Case of Bilateral Congenital Cataracts; Cindy Lam, Berkeley - Post-LASIK Ortho-K Fitting: Flattening An Oblate Cornea. Honorable Mentions: Maryam Fatouraei, MCPHS University; Jennifer Dang, SALUS University.


  1. Identify your student-based case report or research study project.
    • Topics are restricted to Contact Lenses and may include (but not limited to) contact lens applications for presbyopia, keratoconus, corneal topography, post penetrating keratoplasty or related irregular corneal surface, myopia control, lens care/solutions, custom soft lenses, ortho-k instrumentation for measurement of the ocular surface.
  2. Notify ABB Optical Group of your interest in participating. Registration begins on May 1, 2022 and must be submitted by September 23, 2022.
  3. Submit an abstract on your project by October 15, 2022.
  • Based on the judge's decision, 6 abstracts will be selected and all finalists will be notified by October 22, 2022.
  • Authors of the top 6 abstracts selected will be asked to convert each of their submissions into the required poster PDF format and must submit their posters by November 12, 2022. The 6 finalists will be presenting their posters live via a virtual meeting on December 1, 2022. Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runners-up by December 2, 2022.
  • Of the 6 abstracts, the top 3 will be recognized at the 2023 GSLS held January 18-21, 2023 at Horseshoe (formerly Bally's) in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Travel grants of $1500 will be provided to attend the symposium, and will cover travel and accommodations.
  • Complimentary registration to the 2023 GSLS will be provided by the meeting.
  • Three authors and their work will be recognized as honorable mention and authors will receive $250 each.

CONDITIONS: Challenge runs from May 1 through September 23, 2022 and is available to Schools and Colleges of Optometry in North America. Participants must register no later than September 23, 2022. Abstracts for Optometry Student Challenge will be accepted until October 21, 2022. Final abstract submissions are electronic only-PDF document. Submitted abstracts for the 2022 3rd or 4th Year Optometry Student Challenge will be accepted only through this website. Printed forms or faxed forms will not be accepted. Abstracts are limited to 4,000 characters total (including spaces, punctuation, etc.). Submissions that exceed this limit will not be accepted by the website, but the submitter will immediately be given the opportunity to modify the submission so that it fits within this size limit. Authors are encouraged to keep abstracts succinct. Primary authors will receive immediate confirmation that their abstract was received via an e-mail confirmation sent to the address listed for the communicating author. The submitting author is responsible for assuring that all co-authors have read the final submitted version of the abstract and confirm that they have consented explicitly to including their names in the list of authors. The 6 finalists must submit their posters by November 11, 2022 and be willing to present their poster via a virtual meeting on December 1, 2022. Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runners-up by December 2, 2022.