Zenni Optical, a leader in online eyewear retail, has proudly awarded the 2023 Eye Care Access Scholarship to many bright individuals including Trevor Stiede, a diligent student at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry, as covered by Peoria Times. Stiede’s inspiring journey in optometry began in the Andes Mountains of Peru, where he realized the critical need for eye care in indigenous communities. His experience there shaped his ambition to lead optometry mission trips, aiming to provide essential vision care to underserved populations.
Addressing a Growing Need
With a steady demand for eye care and a relatively flat number of eye doctors, initiatives like Zenni’s scholarship are more important than ever. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 9% increase in the demand for optometrists from 2022 to 2032, highlighting the urgency of supporting aspiring professionals in this field.
Supporting Aspiring Optometrists
The Zenni Eye Care Access Scholarship, now in its second year, offers $2,500 to students enrolled in U.S. Optometry Schools, assisting them in their educational journey. These scholarships also provide opportunities for professional networking, playing a pivotal role in the recipients’ career development.
A Vision for Comprehensive Education
Zenni Optical’s support of students like Trevor Stiede through the Eye Care Access Scholarship is a beacon of hope for the future of eye care. It’s an investment in those who will soon be at the forefront of providing critical vision services to communities globally. As Stiede and his peers prepare to make their mark in the world of optometry, Zenni stands with them, committed to a future where quality eye care is accessible to all.
About the Author: Dr. Steven Liem, OD, FAAO
Dr. Steven Liem, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an optometrist based in Pasadena, California. After obtaining his doctorate from UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry, he completed his residency in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. When he isn’t busy streaming or making Youtube videos about video games, Dr. Liem aims to broaden accessibility to vision health through his involvement in optometric industry and tech.