AOA Health Policy Institute's Response to COVID-19
The AOA Health Policy Institute (HPI) is closely monitoring developments and will actively provide updates regarding COVID-19 to ensure doctors of optometry and the public not only understand the risks associated with this pandemic but also have the latest information for continued patient care.
The AOA's and AOA HPI's priority is to support the health and safety of the public and the optometric community, and will continue to assess the situation and update recommendations accordingly.
Eye Protection, Face Mask and Contingency Planning for Doctors of Optometry and Their Staff in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated August 2022
New CDC recommendations for wearing a mask or physically distancing to protect individuals from COVID-19 disease are intended to help individuals make decisions about daily activities after being fully vaccinated but they are not intended for health care settings.
Public Health and Epidemiology of COVID-19 for Doctors of Optometry
The COVID-19 pandemic presents health risks for doctors of optometry. Understanding those risks ensures continued ability to care for patients, while respecting their safety and aiding the community wellbeing.
Third Nationwide Impact and Response Survey of Optometry Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The AOA HPI issued a report on their third survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on optometric practices.
Second Nationwide Impact and Response Survey of Optometry Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 30, 2020
The AOA HPI issued a report on their second survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on optometric practices.
Urgent and Emergency Care by Optometrists Significantly Reduces Risks,
Workloads in Emergency Departments During COVID-19 Pandemic
June 26, 2020
The AOA HPI details optometry's significant patient care contributions in providing urgent and emergent eye care for over 206,000 patients at the height of the March 2020, COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, diverting vulnerable populations away from emergency departments coping with surging coronavirus caseloads.
Nationwide Impact and Response Survey of Optometry Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 14, 2020
The AOA HPI surveyed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on doctors of optometry.
Doctors of Optometry Essential Care Guidelines for COVID-19 Pandemic
March 26, 2020
The AOA HPI has provided essential care guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doctors of Optometry in COVID-19 Preparedness, Response and Recovery
March 25, 2020
Doctors of optometry play a significant role in monitoring, diagnosing and identifying health hazards related to COVID-19 in their communities.
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. The alliance’s advocacy will be recognized with the AOA’s Apollo Award during a ceremony at the 2023 Optometry’s Meeting® June 21-24.
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