"Serving others counts most!"
Jay Martin Enoch (1929– )
For much of a career that spans five decades, Jay Enoch has been at the forefront of optometric and ophthalmological research, education and practice. In establishing that the eye's retinal receptors are fiberoptic elements acting as waveguides, Enoch created a model that allowed a deeper understanding of how the eye sees, and of the quality of image formation in the eye. He pioneered new techniques and standards leading to improvements in perimetry (assessing the central and peripheral visual field), and developed techniques for optimizing vision for those with front-of-the-eye low vision problems. He also helped to optimize and, in some cases, to restore vision in hundreds of infants with aniridia (absence of an iris), albinism, congenital cataracts due to rubella and other causes, infantile glaucoma, and differences in eye size (which result in special visual problems). Enoch was instrumental in helping to establish the National Eye Institute at NIH and creating the modern Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and co-founded the first modern optometry school in India. Enoch has long worked for closer cooperation between the fields of optometry and ophthalmology, and is currently professor of the graduate school and dean emeritus of optometry at the University of California, Berkeley, and professor in the department of ophthalmology at University of California, San Francisco.