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Building relationships

Not sure how to begin your journey as an advocate for optometry? According to an AOA Distinguished Service Award winner, the key is developing relationships with legislators and their staffs. Plus, more tips on advocating successfully.

Ida aftermath: Louisiana doctors assess damages, AOA Foundation offers relief and seeks donations

AOA members report wind and rain damage, but harder to overcome are widespread power outages in the greater New Orleans area—and it could be days to weeks before power is fully restored. Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief, created to help doctors of optometry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago, can aid doctors and students.

As COVID-19 looms, educators prepare for a new academic year

The public health emergency continues to cast its shadow on a new school year, but it’s far from the only thing on educators’ minds. How are optometric faculty and staff preparing for the year ahead?

Persistence pays off

Discover how one AOA member’s experiences influenced one of the profession’s most intensely watched scope expansions in recent history. Plus, join an upcoming virtual summit offering optometry’s advocates an opportunity to collaborate on best practices.

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Optometry's disaster relief fund can aid in ‘gut-wrenching' disasters

With wildfires burning and a prediction of an active hurricane season, doctors of optometry and students have somewhere to turn for financial support in the event of disaster. Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR) is optometry's exclusive financial support program that provides immediate assistance to those in need after disasters. Learn how to apply for a grant or make a donation.

Carrying the torch: AOA campaign message reaches billions

With the competitions officially underway July 23, the AOA is capitalizing on its partnership with surfer Caroline Marks and USA Surfing to raise awareness about the essentialness of regular, comprehensive eye care and vision health. Doctors of optometry can get involved with the See and Be Seen campaign.

‘Seeing Beyond the Pandemic’ underscores criticality of children’s eye, vision care

An Education Week-hosted webinar, supported by AOA and industry partners, reinforced with parents and teachers the need for regular, pediatric eye care especially given the challenges of digital learning.

Time is running out: Answer the AOA's call for courses

The deadline has been extended to Aug. 22 for submitting applications for presenting courses at Optometry’s Meeting® and other educational events. What is the AOA looking for in courses, workshops or other learning opportunities? Read on to learn more and submit an application.

Optometry’s Meeting® promise delivered: [Re]connecting

ICYMI—Optometry’s Meeting® delivered exactly what the profession craved after a difficult 2020: collegiality.

While more work is needed, AOA shares progress made toward diversity, equity and inclusion

During the just-wrapped Optometry’s Meeting® in Denver, a task force updates member doctors on AOA’s commitment to making the association and the profession at-large more welcoming and inclusive to traditionally underrepresented minority groups.