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Last modified: Thursday, July 27, 2006

Soni named among "50 most influential women in optical"

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Sarita Soni

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- P. Sarita Soni, professor of optometry and vice provost for research at Indiana University Bloomington, was named among the 50 most influential women in optical in a report released by Vision Monday magazine, a national news and analysis service for eye care professionals.

Soni joined the School of Optometry in 1978 and has developed and taught a number of courses in optometry, vision science and optometric technology. She is also the founder and co-director of the IU Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research, which has been involved in numerous clinical trials under her direction. Soni has published more than 70 research articles on corneas, contact lenses and refractive error corrections over the span of her career. She has also served in various consulting roles for the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission and National Institutes of Health.

The report honored women who had made a difference in the optical industry through their leadership and service. This was the fourth year that Vision Monday has compiled this list of influential women in optical. View the report online at

To speak with Soni, contact Elisabeth Andrews, 812-855-2153 or