Herbert Wertheim Award

January 18, 2023

This award, affectionately called the “Herbie,” recognizes remarkable individuals or organizations that have accomplished high-impact, ground-breaking, and innovative programs or initiatives, and contributed substantially, or have the potential to sustainably address, eye and vision health and/or the social determinants of eye health and vision care, at the local, national, or global level.

2022 Recipient


Dr. Herbert Wertheim is ASCO’s inaugural Herbert Wertheim Award recipient. Dr. Wertheim received his award in October during a special recognition reception in San Diego during the American Academy of Optometry’s annual conference.

Dr. Herbert A. Wertheim is a Doctor of Optometry, inventor, businessman and philanthropist. Dr. Wertheim is also the founder and president of Brain Power Incorporated and in 1969 invented an eyeglass tint for plastic lenses that would filter out and absorb dangerous UV rays.

Wertheim serves as the Founding Chairman of the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, as advisor to The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University, and as honorary chairman of The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida.

In 2021, Dr. Wertheim donated $50 million to UC Berkeley Optometry, now known as the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science at UC Berkeley.

More information on Dr. Wertheim can we found in this profile published in Forbes.