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      Optometric Society


Monday, May 16, 2022

6:30PM PDT

Updates on Covid and the Eye

Presented by Dr. Judy Tong, OD, FAAO


Thursday, May 19, 2022

7:00PM PDT

Prescribing for the Visual Processing Impaired Patient

Presented by Dr. Kalie Baker, OD


Thursday, June 16, 2022

7:00PM PDT

Live in-person event

Speakers and topic TBD

Above the Clouds

Volunteers Needed!

Healing California is partnering again with Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro, to provide much-needed vision care to our most vulnerable populations, many of them homeless and at-risk veterans, in and around San Pedro. 

Toberman Neighborhood Center is dedicated to creating a safe community where all youth and families are inspired to build a positive future. With their unique programs and dedicated caseworkers, they can overcome the issues that the community faces head-on.   

We provide all necessary equipment, including PPE, autorefractors, phoropters, slit lamps, and a tonometer for testing.

ODs may sign up at for the morning (8-12 PM), afternoon (1-5 PM), or all-day (8-5 PM) shift. 

Healing CA - Toberman Clinic

Friday, April 1, 2022

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Toberman Neighborhood Center

131 North Grand Avenue

San Pedro, CA, 90731

More info


March 3, 2022

In a March 2 letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the AOA urged more action to support patient access to eye health and vision care under Medicare Advantage plans.

Read more.

February 14, 2022

COA COVID-19 Update: Guidance for Use of Masks

California is lifting its public mask mandate this week...

However, masks are still required for health care settings, regardless of vaccination status.

Please be aware that some counties have more strict requirements. For example, in Los Angeles ODs must be vaccinated.

More info here.

January 27, 2022

COA: No Surprises Act Details

A provision of the recently implemented No Surprises Act requires all health care practitioners, including doctors of optometry, to provide any uninsured/self-pay patient with a good faith estimate (estimate) upon request.

More info here.

January 24, 2022

#AskAOA: No Surprises Act Update

In fall 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new regulations implementing the No Surprises Act.


January 1, 2022

New laws in effect for 2022 -per the COA's update:

  • All health care providers are required to send medication prescriptions to the pharmacy electronically as of January 1, 2022.

  • The maximum fine for violating the laws for out-of-state ophthalmic lens sellers increases next year from $2,500 to $35,000 (AB 1534). Click here to complain to the state about illegal contact lens sales. Also, share your story here.

  • An optometrist may not knowingly provide optometric services to any patient who scheduled their appointment through any individual, corporation, or firm engaged in the business of filling prescriptions that is not properly registered with the State Board of Optometry (AB 1534).

Read more.

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