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Industry offers significant support to colleagues in need; how you can help

EssilorLuxottica, CooperVision respond with generous donations to Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief to help doctors in Ida aftermath.

CE, professional development for the 21st-century optometry practice

The AOA’s second-ever Virtual Learning Livecast delivered a high-quality and impactful online education experience, emphasizing the benefits of the AOA’s year-round education focus.

Connecting with patients as paraoptometrics

George Ballato, CPOA, first began his work with an AOA-member doctor as the Spanish interpreter for patients—and that inclusivity has made all the difference for patients and his career.

Building relationships

Not sure how to begin your journey as an advocate for optometry? According to an AOA Distinguished Service Award winner, the key is developing relationships with legislators and their staffs. Plus, more tips on advocating successfully.

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Ida aftermath: Louisiana doctors assess damages, AOA Foundation offers relief and seeks donations

AOA members report wind and rain damage, but harder to overcome are widespread power outages in the greater New Orleans area—and it could be days to weeks before power is fully restored. Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief, created to help doctors of optometry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago, can aid doctors and students.

As COVID-19 looms, educators prepare for a new academic year

The public health emergency continues to cast its shadow on a new school year, but it’s far from the only thing on educators’ minds. How are optometric faculty and staff preparing for the year ahead?

Persistence pays off

Discover how one AOA member’s experiences influenced one of the profession’s most intensely watched scope expansions in recent history. Plus, join an upcoming virtual summit offering optometry’s advocates an opportunity to collaborate on best practices.

Optometry's disaster relief fund can aid in ‘gut-wrenching' disasters

With wildfires burning and a prediction of an active hurricane season, doctors of optometry and students have somewhere to turn for financial support in the event of disaster. Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR) is optometry's exclusive financial support program that provides immediate assistance to those in need after disasters. Learn how to apply for a grant or make a donation.

Carrying the torch: AOA campaign message reaches billions

With the competitions officially underway July 23, the AOA is capitalizing on its partnership with surfer Caroline Marks and USA Surfing to raise awareness about the essentialness of regular, comprehensive eye care and vision health. Doctors of optometry can get involved with the See and Be Seen campaign.

‘Seeing Beyond the Pandemic’ underscores criticality of children’s eye, vision care

An Education Week-hosted webinar, supported by AOA and industry partners, reinforced with parents and teachers the need for regular, pediatric eye care especially given the challenges of digital learning.