Dr. Laura Windsor Receives Indiana Young O.D.
of the Year and Meritorious Service Award
At the Indiana Optometric Association’s Annual Convention in Indianapolis on April 17, 2010, Dr. Laura Windsor was honored with two awards. She received the President’s Citation for being the outstanding Young Doctor of Optometry of the Year. This award is given to doctors who have been in practice less than 10 years and who has demonstrated not only contributions to his or her profession, but also to service in behalf of the visual welfare of the public and service to the community at large. Dr. Windsor also received a Meritorious Service Award for her work on developing a manual for doctors on selecting and implementing electronic medical records. Dr. Windsor, an early adopter of computerized health record, has recently worked with IOA members to develop a manual to aid other practices to computerize their practices as will soon be required by the government.
Dr. Windsor was cited at the awards banquet for her many contributions to optometry including her work in low vision rehabilitation and in the application of the Internet and computer technology to aid and educate patients. Dr. Windsor graduated with her Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry in May 2001 and her Bachelor’s of Science in Optometry in 1998. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Essilor “Award of Excellence” and the Indiana University Varilux Student Award for her superior clinical knowledge and leadership skills. She was awarded the National Essilor Award in Boston for her work with low vision patients in June 2001. Dr. Windsor completed the requirements of Fellowship into the American Academy of Optometry only two years after graduating from Optometry School.
Dr. Windsor has extensively written on areas of optometry and low vision rehabilitation. In 2008, she co-authored three chapters published in the Eye Care Sourcebook, which is a library reference book on various eye health topics. This book can be found in libraries across the nation. She also has co-authored a book on applying Six Sigma and Lean Management Principles to the optometric practice to help decrease complexity and provide better management within the optometric practice. Dr. Windsor has authored and/or co-authored 16 articles on low vision rehabilitation. She has written for rehabilitation journals for occupational therapists, and other rehabilitation professionals. Additionally, she has written for the WISH TV8 Indianapolis website and co-authored articles on many low vision conditions for Vision Enhancement Magazine which was distributed to low vision therapists, counselors and patients throughout the country. Additionally, Dr. Windsor has lectured extensively across Indiana and nationally giving over 65 lectures on eye care, ocular conditions and low vision care.
Dr. Windsor is currently the Vice President of the East Central Optometric Society, serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Low Vision Rehabilitation Society and is an editor of the Optometric Compliance Manual and Newsletter to doctors in Indiana on third party and governmental compliance
Dr. Windsor provides low vision care for infants to seniors at her practice the Low Vision Center of Fort Wayne. She provides rehabilitative care for patients who are visually impaired from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, albinism, Stargardt’s, and other congenital or acquired visual conditions. She also works with to rehabilitate those who have vision loss from a stroke or head injury. Dr. Windsor also specializes in helping mildly visually impaired patients drive.