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Amplify your optometry school experience and see what it means to get involved in our profession as the annual AOSA/AOA conference, Optometry’s Meeting, comes to the Music City, June 19-22, 2024. Optometry’s Meeting provides students a four-day, immersive experience in career development, clinical and practice management skill building, professional networking and advocacy alongside optometry’s leaders. …

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Formidable Presence of Optometry and the AOA in Washington

Here’s an excellent example of the strength we have as a collective group of optometry students, OD’s, legislators and the American Optometric Association (AOA) as a whole.  As mentioned in a previous article, the AOA was listed as one of the top ten most influential lobbying groups in Washington D.C. (http://newsfromaoa.org/2012/07/13/survey-of-dc-insiders-places-aoa-on-lobbyings-top-10-list/)! This has been clearly …

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California Bill Expands Optometrists’ Diagnostic Testing Capabilities

Optometrists in California now have the right to perform clinical laboratory tests that help diagnose certain eye conditions and disease. After more than a year since its introduction and journey through the California Assembly and Senate, bill A.B. 761 was finally signed by the governor of California. Previously, certain clinical lab tests classified as “waived” could …

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5 Factors in Maintaining the Growth and Stability of Optometry

I was reading a few interesting articles earlier this month that I wanted to share with you. The first was a message from. Ron Hopping, O.D., MPH, AOA president, after a trip he took to Washington, D.C.  I was particularly struck by what he listed as the important, core things that optometrists and their patients …

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8 Ways to build a successful student-doctor and patient relationship

After observing the fourth year students in clinic (white coats pressed and 20 minute exams including DFE), the first thought that comes to your mind is, “Wow, I want to be just like that when I grow up!” They look, speak and walk as an optometrist should; and it can be intimidating. Don’t forget, they …

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Positive Stories in Optometry News

Hello everyone!  Hopefully all first year students, like me, are now getting used to their weekly exams and study schedules. I decided to bring you some positive news in optometry, resulting from the hard work of all those involved with pushing our profession forward and serving patients or anyone who may need eye care. I’ll …

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The Unconventional Optometrist: The First Deaf Optometrist in America

Did you know that approximately 10  percent of Americans have hearing loss, making it the second most common disability in the United States?1  In Canada, there are 50 percent more people with reported hearing loss than those with vision problems.2  Hearing loss has many causes, including genetics, age, and injury.  There are a number of disorders that …

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Decision Made in ABO/AOS Board Certification Case

On August 2nd, 2012, Judge A. Howard Matz ruled in favor of the ABO (American Board of Optometry) in their defense against the AOS (American Optometric Society). A major decision has been made affecting the state of board certification in optometry.    In my previous article detailing the past and present of board certification, I …

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Board Certification and the Profession of Optometry

Board certification in optometry has been a hot topic on and off since the beginning of its’ inception back in 2009.  This is definitely news to be well aware and informed of, as it could become a permanent fixture in the future of the profession.  Board certification in optometry has had a somewhat controversial past …

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Optometry’s Place within Hospitals

As we consider our careers in optometry after graduation, one modality of practice that often gets overlooked is that within hospitals. The 2006 AOA scope of practice survey showed that 11% of ODs have hospital privileges. The question becomes what can you as the optometrist do in a hospital setting? There are various roles for …

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