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      Optometric Society


Please join us for 2 hours of continuing education!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

7:00pm PDT virtual meeting (2 hours COA CE)

Common Referrals for the Retina: GA, Retinal tears/holes, and Epiretinal Membranes

Presented by: Dr. Andy Han, MD

Please contact with any questions.

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OD Job Opening

LAUSD hiring a full time optometrist for one of their wellness clinics. 


The job is not yet posted on their site, so you may contact Yolanda Lasmarias at 213-509-0805 or the LAUSD hiring coordinator at 213-241-3455 for more information.


Please share with any potentially interested ODs.


Thank you!

Above the Clouds

Tell your state lawmakers to increase Medi-Cal rates now!


The number of Medi-Cal patients is expected by grow by 8% this year.


COA has been advocating for an increase in reimbursement rates as part of the annual budget process.

Lawmakers and the governor are deciding right now how much they will pay for optometric services next year.

Please send a message to your lawmaker in support of this budget item.


February 28, 2024

Link between eye examinations and fall prevention in older adults

Comprehensive eye examinations are among the chief ways of preventing potentially deadly falls in adults 65 years and older, according to the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) newly released policy statement. 

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February 7, 2024

Health system optometrists strike for recognition, fair labor practices

Doctors of optometry employed by the University of California system went on strike Feb. 6-7, after a year of efforts to secure an agreement to invest in the care they provide.

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February 4, 2024

Capitol Hill inquiries into plan abuses are expanding

Leaders of a second powerful congressional committee launched an inquiry into reports provided by doctors of optometry, dentists and patient advocates of abusive marketplace power and tactics used by specialty plans covering vision and dental benefits. 

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January 18, 2024

'Not-a-doctor' bills are back: Affiliates, AOA preparing for fresh attacks on optometry

Last year, affiliates across the country defeated attempts to turn the clock back on optometry’s groundbreaking progress. This year brings two new challenges, as legislation is introduced in Florida—again—and Tennessee this month. Not that the AOA or optometry’s advocates in those states are surprised; as optometry advances, they’re prepared to resist any legislation that isn’t in the best interests of doctors of optometry and patients.

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November 2, 2023

No letting up on Eyeglass Rule advocacy

In a recent one-on-one conversation with Federal Trade Commission staff, the AOA again urges the agency to reconsider a proposal requiring patients to sign forms attesting that they have received copies of their eyeglass prescriptions. 

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October 26, 2023

Affiliates, AOA share forward-thinking strategies for optometry’s advocates

AOA State Government Relations Center (SGRC) Regional Advocacy Meetings convened affiliate leaders and advocates from across the nation to collaborate and build formidable grassroots strategies for continued legislative success.

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September 21, 2023

AOA and AFOS: ‘Cut through the noise’ and empower licensed doctors of optometry to provide greater access to care to veterans

Eye care is the third-most requested health service by veterans at the VA—and doctors of optometry provide the majority of that care. Yet, as the VA considers new national standards of practice for more than 50 health professions at its facilities, ODs are making a winning case for expanding their role at an understaffed VA...

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June 2, 2023

Florida Not-a-doctor Bill Vetoed by Governor DeSantis!

Thanks to persistent advocacy from optometry, ODs will retain the legal right to call themselves doctors and physicians.

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