David Redman, O.D.

David Redman, O.D.

2018 Optometrist of the Year  

Since graduating from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, David Redman, O.D., has devoted countless hours - and literally days - away from his practice working to advance the optometric profession at the state and federal levels.

Following a years-long campaign effort, as California Optometric Association president, Dr. Redman shepherded the final, decisive push to statutorily permit California doctors of optometry to treat glaucoma. A hands-on leader in that effort, he testified at all of the legislative hearings on Senate Bill 1406 and was a lead negotiator in winning this landmark treatment authority. In addition to providing greater care access to the ever-increasing number of individuals suffering from glaucoma, a professional benefit for glaucoma-certified doctors is that they are more than two times likely to eventually be a provider for an HMO or medical group, an important advancement given the tremendous rise in managed care enrollment in California and increased consolidation of medical groups and hospitals.

In 2011, Dr. Redman was appointed chair of the COA Legislation-Regulation Committee and immediately began laying the groundwork for enacting the greatest optometric scope advancement since the authorization to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. Faced with revolving chairs on key legislative committees and scare tactics employed by the opposition, as lead spokesperson, negotiator and strategist, Dr. Redman persevered in winning enactment in 2017 of Assembly Bill 443. The measure ushered in historic advancements in the California optometric scope of practice that for the first time removed the need to obtain legislative approval for patient treatment protocol expansion and instead delegated those decisions to the State Board of Optometry. This expanded the services and procedures that can be offered by doctors of optometry that are more fully aligned with the profession's education and abilities and created the opportunity for patients to benefit from the latest developments in vision and eye health treatments and technology.

Since 2009, Dr. Redman has served on the executive committee of the AOA's Third Party Center (TPC), representing Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In that time, he has been part of the team guiding strategy that has resulted in multiple wins opening access to medical eye services by ODs to persons covered by various insurance plans, including some 800,000 employees, dependents and retirees of the three major automakers and their union: General Motors, Chrysler LLC, the United Auto Workers Medical Trust and the Ford Motor Company. Additionally, he helped drive the successful effort to reverse OD claim denials by Health Net Federal Services, LLC, a contractor with the U.S. Veteran's Administration, positively affecting access to care by our nation's veterans and their families.

Dr. Redman is an active spokesperson for the profession, participating in numerous media interviews, as well as presentations to the Knight-Ridder Corporation on ocular health as related to computer use, and to employees of Spectrum Physics on ocular safety.

In recognition of his dedication to optometry and his profound achievements on behalf of the profession since his days as a student, Dr. Redman has been recognized numerous times, including 2017 COA Optometrist of the Year; 2002 COA Santa Clara County Optometric Society Optometrist of the Year; 1997 COA Young Optometrist of the Year; and 1997 Young Optometrist of the Year, COA Santa Clara County Optometric Society.