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Healthy vision tradition for AOA staffer

October 19, 2012

Continuing a family tradition, Fred Goldberg, O.D., at left, of the McLean Eye Care Center in McLean, Va., provided an InfantSEE® assessment to 10-month-old Ben Hymes as proud dad Jon Hymes, director of the AOA Washington office, looked on.

Big sister Rebecca, who saw Dr. Goldberg for an InfantSEE® assessment two years ago, returned to the office at age 3 for her first comprehensive eye exam.

Through the efforts of Dr. Goldberg and other AOA Federal Keyperson doctors (www.aoa.org/x4826.xml) and AOA-PAC investors (www.aoa.org/x4827.xml) from across the country, the AOA persuaded Congress and the White House to make healthy vision for children a top national health care priority and helped shape a key provision included in the 2010 health care law recognizing pediatric vision care as essential.

Last year, also at the urging of the AOA, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued guidelines (www.aoa.org/reform) calling on states to require health plans to cover an annual comprehensive eye exam for children, necessary treatment and follow-up care.

For more information about AOA advocacy efforts, contact Hymes at 800-365-2219 or jfhymes@aoa.org.

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