Archive for the ‘Optometry's Charity’ Category

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Society welcomes new charter members

November 19, 2013

Optometry Cares® welcomes its newest Charter Members as of Oct. 7, 2013, to the Optometry Cares Society Friend Level: Wesley Hamada, O.D., and Jim Sandefur, O.D. Read the rest of this entry ?

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National Optometry Hall of Fame calls for 2014 nominations

November 18, 2013
John F. Amos, O.D., professor emeritus and former Dean of the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry, is inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2013.

John F. Amos, O.D., professor emeritus and former Dean of the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry, is inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2013.

Online nominations for the 2014 National Optometry Hall of Fame are now being accepted. The National Optometry Hall of Fame highlights the luminaries within the field of optometry—individuals who have made a significant and long-lasting impact on the profession.

The 2014 online nomination forms can be accessed at www.aoa.org/HallofFame.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Nominee must be an optometrist with more than 20 years of service in optometric clinical care, private practice, federal service, academia, research or industry or is currently retired with records of dedicated service, lifetime achievements and enduring lifetime contributions.

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Now’s the time to plan for year-end gift giving

November 18, 2013

With this year’s challenges and accomplishments still fresh in your mind, now is a good time to review and update your estate plans. To help you in this process, Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation constructed the following checklist of estate planning actions for you to go over as the end of the year rolls closer. Read the rest of this entry ?

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InfantSEE® joins community event to promote importance of early vision interventions

October 23, 2013
Kristi Remick-Waltman, O.D., Western University assisstant professor of optometry; Tom Sullivan; Elizabeth Hoppe, O.D., Dr.PH, MPH, Western University of Heath Sciences College of Optometry founding dean; and  Glen Steele, O.D., InfantSEE® Committee chair.

Kristi Remick-Waltman, O.D., Western University assisstant professor of optometry; Tom Sullivan; Elizabeth Hoppe, O.D., Dr.PH, MPH, Western University of Heath Sciences College of Optometry founding dean; and Glen Steele, O.D., InfantSEE® Committee chair.

Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry worked with the Pomona Unified School District to coordinate the “Hand 2 Hand” community event, which included a special presentation by the InfantSEE® committee. Local elected officials attended the presentation by a panel of vision experts from Western University and involved infant and child development speakers.

The activities resulted in:

  • 500 children receiving free backpacks with school supplies
  • More than 100 vision screenings by Western University of Health Sciences students
  • More than 100 health screenings and physicals
  • Education on the importance of eye exams at an early age thanks to InfantSEE®
  • Clothing donations and smiles.

The weekend of events also included the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry hosting “An Inspirational Evening with Tom Sullivan” on the campus in Pomona, Calif. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Optometry Cares Society recognizes charter members

September 18, 2013

Support of Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation ensures immediate relief to optometrists in the wake of natural disasters, vision care to needy Americans, scholarships for optometry students, preservation of optometry’s history and public education about the need for a lifetime of vision care. Becoming a charter member of an elite group of AOA supporters in the Optometry Cares Society only requires a minimum pledge of $500 each year for three years. Read the rest of this entry ?

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InfantSEE® reaches 100,000 milestone

August 23, 2013
2013 Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr. InfantSEE® Award recipient Cara Frasco, O.D., at left, from Ohio, performs an InfantSEE® assessment.

2013 Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr. InfantSEE® Award recipient Cara Frasco, O.D., at left, from Ohio, performs an InfantSEE® assessment.

Nearly 7,300 volunteer AOA optometrists in all 50 states have seen more than 100,000 babies through the InfantSEE® program.

In 2005, Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation and The Vision Care Institute™, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company, partnered to create InfantSEE®, a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide.

Through InfantSEE®, optometrists provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income. Read the rest of this entry ?

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2013 AOA Healthy Eyes Healthy People® grants target eye care needs of diverse populations

August 6, 2013
Saundra Naifeh, Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians executive director, at left, with HEHP grant recipient Ruthie Ruan, O.D.

Saundra Naifeh, Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians executive director, at left, with HEHP grant recipient Ruthie Ruan, O.D.

Again this year, the AOA HEHP program provided grants of up to $5,000 for innovative community outreach projects addressing the vision-related objectives of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service’s (HHS) Healthy People 2010 public health agenda.

Eye exams for the homeless. Educating Latinos about the ocular effects of diabetes. Rural health fairs for children and their families. These are a few of the 15 projects awarded funding through the AOA’s 2013 Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP) State Association Grant Program generously funded by Luxottica.

“Healthy Eyes Healthy People® is a program that is committed to improving the vision and health of all Americans,” said James L. Boccuzzi, OD, chair of the Community Grants committee. “The HEHP grants are a tool for optometrists to integrate vision services into community health programs. Access to eye and vision care improves the quality of life for all Americans.” Read the rest of this entry ?