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South Bay
      Optometric Society

Park in Autumn

Retina Macula Institute and SBOS present:
11th Annual 

Fall Symposium

Monday, October 16, 2023

5:00pm to 9:00pm PDT

Westdrift Marriott Hotel

1400 Parkview Ave.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Enjoy dinner and earn 4 hours of CE credit!

Social hour is from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, and sponsors will be displaying.

COA members and non-member ODs are all welcomed.

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.


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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June 1, 2023

Constant presence: Alliance builds reputation for patient safety advocacy

Founded five years ago, the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (HCAPS) is making good on its mission to advocate for patient safety and protect the fundamental doctor-patient relationship. 

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May 4, 2023

AOA and state affiliates rally to decry and defeat discriminatory ‘not-a-doctor’ bills

Amid historic gains for optometry, the AOA and seven state affiliates find themselves battling a spate of legislation that potentially seeks to block, limit or discourage doctors of optometry from being referenced as doctors and physicians in their respective states and threatens to undermine the profession’s progress.

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April 19, 2023

Marijuana sensibilities changing fast: Are you ready for patients’ questions?

Public support for marijuana legalization has never been higher in the U.S., but evidence of its clinical utility in glaucoma care remains clouded at best.

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March 23, 2023

DEA’s new opioid training mandate: What you need to know

Doctors of optometry applying for a DEA registration after June 27, 2023, must attest to a new eight-hour education and training requirement for substance abuse identification and treatment. 

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January 26, 2023

FTC announces proposed ban on noncompete clauses

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