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New Mexico ODs team up with HEHP, Taos Lions Club KidSight program to improve vision in schools, community

November 27, 2013
Taos Lions Club volunteers work with area children.

Taos Lions Club volunteers work with area children.

The KidSight program increased the vision screening rate for amblyogenic risk factors in young students to 95 percent, but they aren’t stopping there. To sustain this and increase screenings, the Taos Lions Club, with the help of New Mexico Optometric Association (NMOA) OD members, is extending the program to children ages 2 to 5 and home-schooled students at scheduled in-school screenings. Read the rest of this entry ?

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New Hampshire’s ‘Diabetic Eye Exam Initiative’ partners with CHCs to prevent visual impairment

October 29, 2013

Expansion of a New Hampshire Optometric Association (NHOA) program partnering optometrists and local community health centers is helping reduce the frequency of vision-threatening retinopathy by providing annual dilated eye examinations. The program’s expansion increased exams to more than 90 patients and resulted in a 20-percent pathology rate. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Illinois Eye Institute program helps uninsured and under-insured get necessary eye care

September 25, 2013
Dr. Winters

Dr. Winters

The Vision of Hope Health Alliance (VOHHA) is the most widely recognized, comprehensive eye care program for Chicago’s uninsured adult popuations. Established in 2003 as a pilot program of Vision of Hope within the Illinois Eye Institute (the IEI), VOHHA has grown to represent a unique model of health care delivery under the provision of eye care and related health services and is a recipient of Healthy Eyes Healthy People® grants in collaboration with the Illinois Optometric Association. Read the rest of this entry ?

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More than meets the eye: How Oklahoma increased public understanding of comprehensive eye exams vs. vision screenings

August 29, 2013
Ruthie Ruan, O.D., at right, offers an eye exam workship for school nurses.

Ruthie Ruan, O.D., at right, offers an eye exam workship for school nurses.

To help school nurses and teachers, parents and students in the Putnam City School District understand the difference between vision screenings and eye exams, and the importance of comprehensive eye exams at an early age, Ruthie Ruan, O.D., project director and Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP) grant recipient, began working with the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) and the School Nurse Organization of Oklahoma. Together they educate school nurses, teachers, parents and students. The program has been very successful, reaching thousands of Oklahoma children in Putnam City schools and almost doubling the number receiving eye exams in one year. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Eye care on wheels: New Jersey optometrists bring services to preschoolers

August 14, 2013
A South Jersey Eye Center volunteer examines a young patient.

A South Jersey Eye Center volunteer examines a young patient.

A $3,500 grant from AOA’s Healthy Eyes Healthy People® program, administered by Optometry Cares®-the AOA Foundation, helped New Jersey ODs reach underserved and uninsured toddlers and preschool children by bringing eye and vision care to neighborhoods with low access.

The goal of New Jersey’s Camden City Head Start on Vision Initiative program is to increase the proportion of children ages 5 years and younger receiving eye exams from eye care providers in the preceding 12 months. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Texas, Maryland enact legislation that prohibits forced discounts on services

July 20, 2013
Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs S.B. 632. From left, Tom Annunziato, O.D.; TOA Past President Steve Nguyen, O.D., TOA Third Party chair; Rep. J.M. Lozano (R) (bill author); Bj Avery, TOA executive director; Fred Farias, O.D., TOA president-elect; Gov. Perry (seated); Ron Hopping, O.D., AOA immediate past president; Kevin Gee, O.D., TOA president; Tommy Lucas, O.D., TOA legislative chair; and Joe DeLoach, O.D., TOA past president.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs S.B. 632. From left,
Tom Annunziato, O.D.; TOA Past President Steve Nguyen, O.D., TOA Third Party chair; Rep. J.M. Lozano (R) (bill author); Bj Avery, TOA executive director; Fred Farias, O.D., TOA president-elect; Gov. Perry (seated); Ron Hopping, O.D., AOA immediate past president; Kevin Gee, O.D., TOA president; Tommy Lucas, O.D., TOA legislative chair; and Joe DeLoach, O.D., TOA past president.

Several state affiliates are promoting legislation to stop an unfair business practice used by vision plans to force optometrists to give discounts on services and materials not covered by a patient’s vision plan. The practice forces optometrists to charge varying prices to patients for services and materials not covered under the contract. The legislation is based on similar legislation pushed by dentists that has passed in at least 30 states that prohibit forced discounts on services.

The optometric version of the legislation was first passed by Kentucky in 2012 and then passed by both Maryland and Texas in 2014. The optometry version of the law would prohibit anti-competitive behavior by health plans and vision plans and allow providers and patients to reach reasonable fees for services and materials. Also, it will stop health and vision plans from hurting small businesses by forcing unfair contract terms on them.

Regarding the Maryland bill, John L. Burns, O.D., Maryland Optometric Association president, called the passage of House Bill 1160 a victory for optometry and for all vision care providers in Maryland. Read the rest of this entry ?

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AOA recognizes Sen. Boozman with 40-year award at Ark. annual meeting

July 15, 2013
From left, AOA then-President-elect Mitch Munson, O.D., Sen. John Boozman, O.D., and Susan Brunnett, O.D.

From left, AOA then-President-elect Mitch Munson, O.D., Sen. John Boozman, O.D., and Susan Brunnett, O.D.

As part of his semiannual tradition, Sen. John Boozman, O.D., attended the 2013 Arkansas Optometric Association (ArOA) Annual Meeting in Little Rock, Ark., at the end of April. During the awards ceremony, AOA President-elect Mitch Munson, O.D., was on hand to recognize Sen. Boozman’s 40 years of membership with the AOA.

Sen. Boozman tries to attend at least one of the ArOA’s two conventions during the year to earn continuing education hours. He is still a licensed optometric physician in the state. He often provides an update during the membership meeting about what is going on in Washington, D.C., meets with optometry students, visits with other optometrists and attends lectures. Read the rest of this entry ?