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Optometry Student to Successful Optometrist: Communication Part 1 of 3

In April I had the opportunity of interviewing Dr. Chad Fleming OD, FAAO for OptometryStudents.com. Dr. Fleming is the Business and Career Coach for AOA Excel, so he was a great interview when it comes to talking about what things students need to do in order to get a good job and excel at that …

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Optometry Student SVOSH Trip to Belize

After touching down in Belize on Sunday, we were greeted by two local Lions Club members who escorted us to our clinic. They accompanied us through customs while we were screened with our suspicious, black leather trial lens kits, BIO kits, and diagnostic kits. Oh, and let’s not forget the many questionable crates of glasses. …

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New Florida Oral Med Prescribing Law: Providing Better Patient Care – an Interview with Dr. Dave Rouse, OD, President of the Florida Optometric Association

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Dave Rouse, OD, President of the Florida Optometric Association, past Optometrist of the Year and Illinois College of Optometry graduate, who currently practices in Weston, FL. He played an integral part (along with many students, optometrists, advocates and legislators across Florida) in the new law passed …

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Sign this Petition to Help Optometry and Our Patients

By signing this petition you will… Help provide eye care to under-served areas Provide optometry students relief from the burden of loan repayment Give optometry the same benefits that are already provided to other health care professions I’m sure some of you have seen this petition going around about allowing ODs to participated in the National Health Service Corps …

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Finding Barahonas Hero: A Reflection of Service from IAUPR’s VOSH President

  When I was asked to write an article on my experience in the Dominican Republic for IAUPR School of Optometry’s VOSH mission trip, I immediately knew that I wanted to find a hero with a story that could inspire everyone. I was on a mission to write this article and I was determined to …

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AOA-PAC: Its Impact and Your Involvement!

I recently wrote about the presence of the AOA and optometry in Washington and how the organization and advocacy of those in and around the profession allow optometrists to practice the way they do today (such as defending the Harkin Law). As a student myself, I always urge students to be aware of these issues …

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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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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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Pediatric Eye Exam Advocacy: Benefiting children and optometry

With August being Children’s Vision and Learning Month and the passing of the torch from former AOA President Dr. Dori Carlson to Dr. Ron Hopping, I wanted to take the opportunity to look back at some important developments over this past year having to do with our profession and the children and adolescents we will …

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