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November 25, 2016

Hernandez earns Fellow designation from the American Academy of Optometry

Elaime Hernandez, OD, FAAO(ATLANTA) Elaime Hernandez, OD, FAAO, has earned the designation of Fellow from the American Academy of Optometry.

Hernandez is an ophthalmology instructor for the Emory University School of Medicine, focusing on comprehensive ophthalmology, vision and optical services. She joined Emory Eye Center's care team in October 2015 and primary treats patients at Grady Memorial Hospital.

She received her optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry and completed a residency in Ocular Disease, Low Vision and Acquired Brain Injury at the VA Hospital in West Haven, Ct.

The FAAO credential means the provider has been recognized by peers for excellence in optometry. Candidates submit extensive written work and must also pass an oral examination. A panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists must approve both the written work and oral exam.  

Less than 10 percent of practicing optometrists in the U.S. have earned their FAAO designation.

"Fellowship in the Academy represents a significant achievement in the career of an optometrist," says Sue Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO, director of optometry services at Emory Eye Center. "The application and examination process is rigorous, and the candidate must show a broad knowledge of evidence-based medicine. We are so proud of Dr. Hernandez for achieving this designation and accomplishment."

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