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AOA Board officers share their resolutions for 2018

With 2018 around the corner, the AOA Board of Trustees is looking ahead to the coming year and offering up their resolutions for their own practices, the profession and the AOA, after a successful 2017.

Here are their resolutions for the New Year:

Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., president:
"My resolutions for the AOA in the New Year are many: advancing the access of patients to quality optometric care; integrating optometric care into mainstream health care; and breaking down barriers in the states that get in the way of modern doctors of optometry applying their education and training to the fullest extent in the care of patients. One of the more pressing issues facing our professional is better understanding the role advanced technology has in the delivery of eye care. That is a big, important issue for the future of the profession. All of these issues will continue to be a major focus for the profession. For the AOA to be successful in the future, every member doctor of optometry and AOA's state affiliates need to be engaged. I'm looking forward to making 2018 an unprecedented success!"

Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., AOA president-elect:
"My resolution for 2018 is to continue to support AOA-PAC and my state PAC, as AOA and our state affiliates continue to advocate for our patients and the profession at every opportunity. I also resolve to encourage AOA leadership to do even more to support our state associations as they face so many challenges from a multitude of sources-all trying to undo hard-won successes and posing ongoing threats to the profession. Optometry is stronger than ever. We should all commit to being advocates for the profession and active members of our local societies, state associations and the AOA by fighting for optometry at every opportunity!"  

Barbara L. Horn, O.D., AOA vice president:
"I am eagerly awaiting 2018 as a year to continue to advance and celebrate optometry. The threats to the care doctors of optometry provide present an opportunity to advance our profession and continue to educate the public, legislators and patients about the critical service we deliver to our communities. Moving to a new practice, with a plethora of ocular disease as the very first sign of systemic disease, has personally reinforced my view of optometry's vital role in the nation's health care. I am practicing at the fullest extent of what I have always preached and providing care at the highest level. I look forward to 2018 and the opportunities that come with it!"

William T. Reynolds, O.D., secretary-treasurer:
"My New Year's resolution for 2018 is for the AOA to continue to advocate for increased scope of practice so that doctors of optometry will be able to practice to the fullest scope of their abilities and our patients will have improved access to quality optometric care. I also resolve to fight for school entrance eye examinations so that amblyopia can be diagnosed when it is more amenable to treatment so our children will be visually prepared to learn when they enter school. Finally, the AOA will continue its commitment to expose disreputable sellers of contact lenses and dangerous unproven technologies that put profits ahead of patient safety and evidence-based clinical care."

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., immediate past president:
"In 2018, AOA will continue to advocate to protect our profession and our patients' eye and vision health while driving awareness of optometry's role as America's primary eye care doctors. We will build on our success to preserve optometry's ability to provide primary eye and vision health care and to promote the importance of in-person, comprehensive eye exams for all Americans. Regardless of the unforeseen challenges that will present themselves in the coming year, AOA will ensure that Americans have access to the essential care that doctors of optometry provide. We stand ready 24/7/365 to assist you."

The AOA extends to all its members and volunteers best wishes for the holidays and 2018.

December 28, 2017

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