Professor Brien Holden has been recognised as a ‘legend’ by the American Optometric Association (AOA), which represents over 35,000 members from the optometry profession in the U.S.
The AOA’s contact lens and cornea section recognised Prof. Holden for his contributions to the culture of contact lenses through his leadership and dedication at the 116th annual congress in San Diego. The award distinguishes individuals who have demonstrated a depth and passion toward contact lenses, the cornea or refractive technology.
Prof. Holden masterminded a collaborative program that led to the development of the silicone hydrogel contact lens, a breakthrough material, which today accounts for more than 50 per cent of all contact lenses sold worldwide. He also drove the development of soft toric lenses for correction of astigmatism and several further generations of silicone hydrogel lenses including multifocals for correction of presbyopia.
His attention is now focussed on the development of a contact lens that controls the progression of myopia and greatly reduces the risk of potentially blinding conditions resulting from high levels of myopia.
Professor Holden was humbled by the acknowledgement. “A legend – I don’t think so. I have just translated the good work of our people – for a long time,” he said.