COLUMBUS -- Julia Geldis was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry at Academy 2010 San Francisco on Nov. 20 in San Francisco, Calif.

Julia (Booth) Geldis graduated from Newcomerstown High School and received her doctorate of optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She currently practices in Columbus at Ohio State University as a clinical faculty member.

Professionals who become Fellows of the Academy must complete a rigorous candidacy process. Candidates submit extensive written work and must also pass an oral examination. A panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists must approve both the written work and oral examination. Ten percent of practicing optometrists are Fellows of the Academy. Founded in 1922, the academy's mission is to promote the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning. Academy Fellows are held to the highest ethical and professional standards of practice.

With over 5,800 in attendance, Academy 2010 San Francisco was the highest attended annual meeting in Academy history, taking place Nov. 17-20, in San Francisco, Calif. Vision scientists, optometrists and optometric students gathered to participate in nearly 300 hours of continuing education, scientific presentations, exhibits and social events. Nearly 1,000 student and resident attendees benefited from courses on cutting edge research, learning about residency programs, student networking activities and meeting leaders in the profession of optometry. The exhibit hall included about 250 exhibitors. A highlight of the meeting was induction of 212 new Fellows at the roundtable banquet -- a record number.

The next annual meeting of the Academy will be Oct. 12-15, 2011, in Boston, Mass.