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AOA News anniversary celebrated with top 10 stories

November 21, 2013

The AOA News commemorated 50 years of groundbreaking news in optometry by republishing the Top 10 AOA News stories as selected by readers from all five decades. Here’s a recap of the top stories leading up to No. 1. Read the rest of this entry ?

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No. 1: College of Optometry for Alabama

November 21, 2013
Dean Henry B. Peters and the first UAB optometry students, 1969. Members of the first class were recruited by Dean Peters and began their studies at the end of September 1969. Pictured from left, front row, Michael E. Raim, Eugenie Sturtevant, Dean Henry B. Peters, Neil M. Bleakley, and Ronald E. Dachelet; and back row, Nelson G. Crandall, Ernest S. Spohn, Alan G. Tavel, and Gene J. Terrezza. The School of Optometry awarded its first bachelor degrees in physiological optics in 1971 and its first Doctor of Optometry degrees in 1973. Photo courtesy of the UAB Archives, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dean Henry B. Peters and the first UAB optometry students, 1969. Members of the first class were recruited by Dean Peters and began their studies at the end of September 1969. Pictured from left, front row, Michael E. Raim, Eugenie Sturtevant, Dean Henry B. Peters, Neil M. Bleakley, and Ronald E. Dachelet; and back row, Nelson G. Crandall, Ernest S. Spohn, Alan G. Tavel, and Gene J. Terrezza. The School of Optometry awarded its first bachelor degrees in physiological optics in 1971 and its first Doctor of Optometry degrees in 1973.
Photo courtesy of the UAB Archives, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Editor’s Note: To commemorate 50 years of groundbreaking news in optometry, we are publishing the Top 10 AOA News stories as selected by our readers from all five decades. The AOA News ran the following article in November 1967.

The establishment of a College of Optometry at the University of Alabama Medical Center at Birmingham became assured recently as Gov. Lurleen Wallace approved legislation providing $50,000 per year in funds for the next two years to get the college started.

Full information will be forthcoming in the near future as plans develop, according to Donald A. Springer, O.D., Anniston, Ala., chairman of the new college committee,
Southern Council of Optometrists.

Future coverage

1969: UAB-The Alabama State Legislature has appropriated $500,000 as funds for a new School of Optometry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

A special advisory committee is considering appointment of a Dean for the new optometry program.

The first students are expected to be enrolled for the fall ‘69 term.

Events leading to the creation of the new optometry school with an explanation as to becoming an integral part of the UAB complex were explained by Dr. J.F. Volker, president of the University, in the May issue of the UAB-Medical Center Bulletin. Read the rest of this entry ?

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No. 2: AOSA Names Officers, Board Of Directors

September 19, 2013

Editor’s Note: To commemorate 50 years of groundbreaking news in optometry, we are publishing the Top 10 AOA News stories as selected by our readers from all five decades. Please share your commentary and personal stories on the site as well (http://connect.aoa.org). The AOA News ran the following article in December 1968.

On July 1, 1968, an order was proclaimed declaring the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) an official organization. Read the rest of this entry ?

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No. 3: Rhode Island law amended to permit diagnostic drugs

August 21, 2013

Editor’s Note: To commemorate 50 years of groundbreaking news in optometry, we are publishing the Top 10 AOA News stories as selected by our readers from all five decades. Please share your commentary and personal stories on the site as well (http://connect. aoa.org). The AOA News ran the following article in August 1971.

Rhode Island has become the first state to have a law explicitly giving optometrists the authority to administer diagnostic drugs. Read the rest of this entry ?

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No. 4: Therapeutics included in West Virginia Law

July 18, 2013

Editor’s Note: To commemorate 50 years of groundbreaking news in optometry, we are publishing the Top 10 AOA News stories as selected by our readers from all five decades. Please share your commentary and personal stories on the site as well (http://connect.aoa.org). The AOA News ran the following article March 15, 1976.

The West Virginia legislature in overriding a gubernatorial veto has passed legislation allowing optometrists to use drugs for diagnostic purposes. Seven states in the country have laws which allow optometrists to use diagnostic drugs, but the West Virginia law is the first to include therapeutics. Read the rest of this entry ?

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No. 5: Victory! 22-year battle for Medicare parity succeeds

May 7, 2013

Editor’s Note: To commemorate 50 years of groundbreaking news in optometry, we are publishing the Top 10 AOA News stories as selected by our readers from all five decades. Please share your commentary and personal stories on the site as well (http://connect.aoa.org). The AOA News ran the following article on Nov. 1, 1986.

An event that optometry has been hoping to proclaim for 20 years finally happened last month when Congress approved and the president signed legislation ensuring optometric patient equity under Medicare. Read the rest of this entry ?

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No. 8: InfantSEE™ launches with 6,600 ODs on board

April 13, 2013

Editor’s Note: To commemorate 50 years of groundbreaking news in optometry, we are publishing the Top 10 AOA News stories as selected by our readers from all five decades. Please share your commentary and personal stories on the site as well (http://connect.aoa.org).

No. 8 is the President’s Column by Wesley E. Pittman, O.D., from June 2005.

InfantSEE, the largest public health initiative ever undertaken by optometry, officially launched nationwide June 8. Read the rest of this entry ?