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Healthcare workers worldwide are currently sacrificing their time, energy, personal health, and safety to protect our communities and we honor and thank them for their work. The World Council of Optometry (WCO) hopes to spread positivity during these challenging times by sharing the stories of healthcare heroes. We define a healthcare hero as a doctor, professor, employee, or even a family member who has inspired you to make a difference in the lives around you and has developed you into an eyecare advocate.

Maria Sampalis an optometrist in Cranston, Rhode Island, USA was nominated by her husband George. He states:

“During this pandemic she helped optometrists with free consulting, free job placements and education on loan programs. She wrote many articles for the industry to help cope with this pandemic and answer questions for eyecare professionals. She assisted new graduates as they enter the workforce during this tough time. She was featured on the local news and in industry publications for her experience and helping educate the public about COVID-19 and their eyes. She talked about cleaning their glasses, contact lens wear and conjunctivitis with COVID19. She continues to volunteer her time now to help the industry. “

WCO thanks you, Maria, for your service and leadership during this time and always. We look forward to highlighting others in the optometric field during our next e-news in July!

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