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May 2013

The Richest Monetary Prize in Vision

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland.

JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013;131(5):673. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.1591

Those seeking breakthrough discoveries in ophthalmology and vision, like those working to bring the benefits of such discoveries and modern ophthalmic care to poor people around the globe, are not doing it for the recognition or the money. Still, recognition and monetary awards, particularly those that advance their work, do not hurt. The António Champalimaud Vision Award, which is given annually, brings both recognition and funding to research and practice. At [euro]1 million ($1.32 million at recent exchange rates), it is also among the “richest” prizes in all of medicine and, by far, the largest prize for vision research and blindness prevention.